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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Garfielder Lawrence Eyre To Coach at Grinnell College in 2013

Moline Boys Choir.
Lawrence and his wife Laurie both coached tennis at Maharishi.

Lawrence Eyre, MHS 66, joined the Grinnell College tennis coaching staff in the fall of 2013.

A Level 1 United States Professional Tennis Association Teaching Pro since 1991, Eyre has taught tennis to over 15,000 players of all ages. He was 2009 USPTA National High School Coach of the Year and is author of “High School Coaching Academy,” a 2011 DVD series distributed by

He holds a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and an M.A. from Yale Divinity School and Luther Seminary. Eyre was named USPTA Missouri Valley Division Coach of the Year in 1993 and 2008 and Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year in 2000. He was USTA Iowa District adult league head verifier from 1998-2002 and has been a Wilson advisory staff member since 1998. Eyre was recently inducted into the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines.
Eyre has also been a USTA-certified umpire and an Intercollegiate Tennis Association- certified umpire for 16 years, working both Division I (Big Ten and Big 12) and Division III events.

Eyre coached at Fairfield Maharishi for 25 years, guiding the team to 17 state titles in singles, doubles and team competition.

Players he has taught and coached have competed successfully at both NCAA Division I and Division III levels, among them the University of Iowa’s Tyler Cleveland, two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2000 and 2001). He has also coached players who were on varsity teams at Butler, Colorado College, Trinity (Texas), the University of Rochester and Iowa Division III colleges.

2013 marked his 14th summer as tennis director at Camp Laurel South in Casco, Maine. Each summer he recruits, trains and supervises a staff of 12 tennis teachers, at least half of whom are current college team players.

One of those tennis tournaments his students won.