Emmett Paré – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Emmett Paré was recognized as the dean of American college tennis coaches during his nearly 40 years as the head coach at Tulane University. During his tenure, the Green Wave posted a 256-40-17 record in dual meets, won 18 Southeastern Conference team titles, captured 59 SEC singles crowns, 35 SEC doubles championships, six NCAA singles titles and two NCAA doubles championships.
The Green Wave tied with Notre Dame for the 1959 NCAA tennis title (Tulane’s only team national title) and Paré-coached teams finished among the top four in the NCAA Championships five times, including runner-up finishes in 1949 and 1957. The Green Wave also won nine straight SEC team titles from 1951 to 1959.
In 2008, NOLA.com, selected the 1959 Tulane men’s tennis team as the eighth-best team in New Orleans sports history.
Paré was an exceptional tennis player in his own right. He was a team captain for the Georgetown tennis team, and in 1928, he reached the NCAA doubles finals. In 1929, he won the U.S. National Clay Court singles title. He became one of the early stars of professional tennis traveling with the legendary Bill Tilden on his first barnstorming tour in 1931.
Born January 24, 1907, he died in October of 1973 at the age of 66. He was also selected to the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame (1977, charter member), the Georgetown Hall of Fame, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame (1983), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1997) and the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame (2012).