What They Are Saying About Jay Lapidus
"Duke will be well represented in the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame by Jay Lapidus, who enjoyed a terrific career at the university. Respected by his student-athletes, staff and peers alike, Jay's impact on Duke went far beyond the tennis courts. His steadfast commitment to academic excellence and sportsmanship are well-documented, and every bit as important as the playing accomplishments of his 18 Duke teams. The Duke Department of Athletics congratulates Jay Lapidus on this honor."
Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics
"When we had the responsibility of hiring a tennis coach we wanted to find the best man for the job. We wanted to find someone that could relate to the Duke student body as well as to the tennis community. We hit the jackpot. In Jay Lapidus we had a great player from Princeton who became an outstanding coach. Making Jay a part of this university is one of the best moves ever made by Duke."
Former Duke Director of Athletics
"Arguably Jay was the greatest player that I coached and one of the greatest players in Princeton history. He was a dominating player in college tennis and arguably one of the most outstanding players to play college tennis in the last 20 years. He was one of the few Americans while in college to play on the Davis Cup team and be ranked among the top 100 in the world. Because of his qualities, he was extraordinarily hard working and determined and a great competitor. He had a fabulous serve and a very unorthodox, devastating backhand. He was a lot of fun to work because he worked really hard, was determined and had a great sense of humor."
Executive Director of the ITA/Former Princeton Men's Tennis Head Coach
"There is no one more deserving of a Hall of Fame induction than Jay Lapidus. Following his oustanding tennis career as a player, Jay joined the Duke staff and quickly created a culture of excellence. In 18 consistent seasons, his teams averaged more than 20 victories per year, went to the NCAA Tournament and won ACC championships on a consistent basis and he was honored as ACC Coach of the Year several times. The numbers are special. But more importantly, Jay helped groom his players into tremendous young men off the court. His student-athletes maintained a perfect graduation rate over that 18-year period, which remains one of the top coaching tenures in Duke history."
Duke Men's Basketball Head Coach
"Jay built this program and really put Duke Tennis on the map. His unmatched passion for the game, recruiting prowess, tennis knowledge, motivational skills, and commitment to player development quickly turned Duke Tennis into a perennial top 10 powerhouse. I am excited that he will be recognized in the college tennis hall of fame in Athens - he deserves it. Jay is a great friend and we are lucky to have him still involved with Duke Tennis."
Duke Men's Tennis Head Coach/Former Duke Men's Tennis Player
"Having known Jay for almost twenty years as a player, coach and colleague this is a most deserving honor. The integrity in which he ran the Duke men's tennis program was second to none and was the main reason he was able to guide them to consistently be a national powerhouse. The conference championships that his teams were able to capture set the foundation for what is all of Duke Tennis today. The amazing facilities we presently have at Duke in the Ambler Tennis Stadium and the Sheffield Indoor Tennis center would not be available to us if not for the tireless efforts of Jay working with his past players and alums. Those who play in these facilities should be forever grateful for his work. On a personal note, Jay helped guide me through my early years of coaching here at Duke and he has stood by our program through thick and thin and on behalf of the women's program we could not be happier for him."
Duke Women's Tennis Head Coach
"Obviously, he was a great player at Princeton. I didn't actually play him, but I played against their team. They beat us up pretty good when we went up to Princeton my freshman year. When I was in school we were pretty good, but then we kind of went into a lull for a little bit of time. Then Jay came and he pretty much put Duke into the top ten to fifteen every year that he was here. I think he was one of the most respected coaches around the country both for his playing ability and for his coaching ability."
Only Tennis Member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame
"The reason I came to Duke was because it is such a great school and I knew that Jay is such a well respected coach. Plus, I wanted to become the typed of player that Jay was. After spending four years I have really come to want to become more of the person that he is more than the player than he is; I have come to respect him that much. He really has built up that program so much and if you look up all of the success that the program has had over the years we owe all the credit to him."
Former Duke Men's Tennis Player
"He didn't just develop us in tennis, he developed us for life. As I look back after I finished my professional tennis career, the players he has coached and the people he has worked with, you would be hard-pressed to find a group of individuals who he didn't influence on their way to becoming very successful. I see a lot of Duke tennis alumni doing very well, whether it is tennis or in other jobs. I don't think it is a coincidence, I think it has to do with being around Jay."
Former Duke Men's Tennis Player
"He had a great pro career in tennis and then he went to Duke. I guarantee you that I hated playing against his teams. They did a great job. He was great in representing the sport and I am glad he has stayed around the sport at Duke. You knew when you played them it was always going to be a fair match and a tough match. I respect him and what he has done in all levels of tennis."
Georgia Tech Men's Tennis Coach