Hilltopper Legend, Dan Dwyer, passes away

Former Hilltopper tennis great and St. Edward’s Athletics Hall of Fame member Dan Dwyer died Tuesday, May 25th in Oceanside, N.Y. He is survived by his daughter Kimberly, son Shawn, and two grandchildren.

Dwyer played for legendary head tennis coach Brother Emmett Strohmeyer at St. Edward’s in the late 1950s. In his senior season at St. Edward’s, Dwyer and doubles partner Julio Rojas teamed up to win the Big State Conference Doubles Championship.

In 1989, Dwyer was selected as a member of the St. Edward’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He was the third student-athlete from the tennis program to earn this honor. There are only nine men’s tennis athletes in the SEU Hall of Fame.

In a recent tribute article by Nancy Gill McShea on the Point Set Racquet Club website, Dwyer’s brother Jim recalled a story about Dan while enrolled at St. Edward’s. To read this story and other memories of Dwyer.

Dwyer had been the head tennis professional at Woodmere Country Club in Woodmere, N.Y. for more than 50 years and also the manager/part owner of Point Set Indoor Racquet Club. During his years of coaching, he coached numerous future tennis stars: Mary Carillo (Former Women’s Tennis Professional and CBS Sports Broadcaster) was a student of Dwyer’s, along with ITA Hall of Famer John McEnroe.

Dwyer, a pioneer of Wheelchair Tennis, was selected as the United States Tennis Association’s first wheelchair committee chairman, and became one of five people appointed — and the only American — to serve on the International Tennis Federation wheelchair committee.

Dwyer was named USTA Man of the Year in 1997 and was inducted into the USTA Hall of Fame in 1998.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 1346 Broadway in Hewlett, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted as follows:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Long Island Chapter
40 Marcus Drive, #100
Melville, NY 11747

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