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

September 30, 2009

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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.

Eyre Is USPTA National Tennis Coach Of The Year

September 24, 2009

Eyre Is USPTA National Tennis Coach Of The Year

The United States Professional Tennis Association selected Maharishi School’s Lawrence Eyre the National High School Coach of the Year. He accepted the award at the world conference today in Marco Island, Florida. This honor is given to just one coach from all high schools throughout the country regardless of size. The organization is the oldest and largest of tennis teaching processionals. Eyre has been a member of the USPTA since 1992 and was among the founding faculty of the Maharishi upper School in 1981. He started the tennis program in 1988 and built it into a perennial power.

The Pioneers have reached the Class 1A state tennis Final 4 team competition 12 times. They have 16 state titles in singles, doubles and team play. That was highlighted by winning consecutive triple crowns in 1999 and 2000 when Maharishi School took the singles, doubles and team championships each year.

Eyre said, “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Maharishi School.” He attributes the success of the players to the group practice of Transcendental Meditation. Eyre feels it creates a profound experience of restful alertness serving as a foundation for the dynamic activity and providing a competitive edge. Eyre says TM helps the Pioneers learn how to allow unforced errors “wash over” them and move on to the next point without getting upset or distracted.

Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” section once featured Eyre as a result of the achievements within the program. He was named the 2000 Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year and the 2007 Central Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Eyre also was the USPTA 2008 Missouri Valley Coach of the Year which put him in line for the national award.

MSAE Soccer Team Tops Scattergood

Maharishi School beat Scattergood 3-1 in soccer Tuesday afternoon as they stayed unbeaten through 3 games this season. Thomas Weiss scored twice and Pasha Bousquet came through with the other goal. The Pioneers are off until the Cono Christian tournament October 2nd and 3rd.

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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