Jerry Simmons knew it was risky, but it was a risk worth taking.

He was 24 years old and wanted to be a head tennis coach, so he accepted the position at Louisiana in 1971 and headed east from Texas.

The Ragin' Cajun program had gone winless the previous season, against lackluster competition, but the Amarillo native was undaunted. He managed a 10-11-2 inaugural campaign in 1972, then got busy winning consistently.