Former Syracuse lacrosse coach Simmons honored in Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse lacrosse coach Roy Simmons Jr. had a surprise birthday present given to him in Lake Placid — a special plaque honoring his accomplishments in the sport.
North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi also handed Simmons the keys to the city as family, friends and former players joined about 200 people during a brief ceremony.
Simmons, who turned 80 on Saturday, was in the Adirondacks for the annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament.
He was head coach at Syracuse from 1971-88 and his teams won six NCAA Division I titles. The Orange made 16 straight final four appearances under Simmons, who’s a longtime supporter of the Lake Placid tournament.
Simmons also was honored as an Honorary Citizen of the Olympic village.