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USPTA Awards Coach of the Year to Maharishi School Tennis Coach Lawrence Eyre

September 30, 2009

USPTA Masthead


Lawrence Eyre (right) receives the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Tennis Coach of the Year award from USPTA president Tom Daglis. The award ceremony took place at the USPTA world conference, Thursday, September 24, 2009, Marco Island, Florida.

Lawrence Eyre, Fairfield, Iowa – High School Coach of the Year

The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team won both the district championship and regional championship this year led by coach Lawrence Eyre. This allowed the team to qualify for the Iowa state team tournament for the 12th time in 22 seasons under coach Eyre. The team finished second in the state team tournament and had an impressive record of 9-2 for the season.

Des Moines Register: Maharishi tennis coach to receive national honor

September 24, 2009

High School: Maharishi tennis coach to receive national honor

By JOHN NAUGHTON • • September 23, 2009

Lawrence Eyre began a thriving tennis program by thinking small: tiny rackets and child-sized nets.

Eyre was named national high school coach of the year by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.

The Fairfield Maharishi boys’ coach started the program in 1988, teaching the game to kindergartners and hoping they’d stick with tennis.

“I had to teach the game to little kids and hoped they liked it,” Eyre said.

He is believed to be the first coach of an Iowa high school boys’ team to win the award. He’ll be honored at a ceremony in Florida.

Maharishi is the smallest Iowa school to have its own boys’ tennis team.

In a school with about 100 students in grades 9-12, Eyre knew he’d have to develop varsity players early.

Since then, he has won four state team titles and reached the top four 12 times. Last season’s team took second.

Eyre initially coached both boys’ and girls’ tennis. His wife, Laurie, took over the girls’ program 15 years ago. He credits her help as a key in building a better boys’ program.

A special celebration will be held in the Maharishi School assembly hall for Eyre at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Several of Eyre’s former players will be present.

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