The news came out today, legendary men’s tennis coach for Notre Dame University, Tom Fallon, has died at the age of 93.
Passing away due to natural causes on Tuesday at his home in South Bend, Ind. Fallon will be remembered for a great deal of accomplishments during his time as coach, holding 579 wins as tennis and wrestling coach giving him the most victories for a Notre Dame coach. In 1959, Fallon brought the Irish to their 1959 NCAA title.
That same year, the team proved to be one of the strongest in Notre Dame’s tennis history, winning all 14 of their dual matches during that season. Under his tutelage, Fallon's squad remained undefeated in 1966. In 1987, Fallon stepped down as tennis coach to be succeeded by Bobby Bayliss. Before his retirement, Fallon was able to lead eight teams to the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships 11 times.
On the opposite side of sports, Fallon will also be remembered as the founder of the Irish’s wrestling team in 1952. From its start, Fallon coached the team for 15 years, leading it with a 65-74-4 record.
Visitation will be held on Sunday at Kaniewski Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Notre Dame's campus. Fallon is survived by his wife and three children.