Written By: David Bakhshaee and Matthew McCracken, News and Sports Editors.
The driving force behind ODU’s Men’s and Women’s tennis for nearly two decades, former head coach Darryl W. Cummings, is due in court next week in connection with a $1 million lawsuit that reveals the details of a tumultuous private life that was playing out during the last two tennis seasons. The woman he is suing filed a $5.35 million countersuit. The jury trial she demanded is set to begin on Sept. 28.
Cummings filed suit against Deborah A. Addison, the woman he claimed was “romantically involved” with his wife and said, “her pursuit and eventual conquest of Julie Cummings went beyond all possible standards of decency.”
In response to Cummings’ complaint, Addison countersued seeking $ 5.35 million in damages from Cummings. His actions, the lawsuit claims, brought about her termination at both the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and Norfolk Academy.
Addison’s complaint states, “Cummings sent e-mails impersonating Addison between January 2010 and November 2010,” made “disparaging statements to the management of the Norfolk Academy,” and hinted that “Addison was a sexual predator.”
Addison also said Cummings used, “remote electronic surveillance means,” to record her interaction and communication with Julie Cummings.
In the press releases announcing Cummings’ resignation last year, ODU athletic director Wood Selig said, “Cummings will be stepping down to focus on developing Cape Henry Racquet Club in Virginia Beach.” Cummings and his wife were business partners. Cummings’ lawsuit claims that he was forced to resign as ODU tennis coach after his wife relinquished her role as managing partner in the business.
Although Cummings’ resignation statements on Aug. 20, 2010 applauded his wife’s contributions to the success of ODU’s tennis program, Cummings has since filed for divorce.
Cummings, ODU’s Men’s and Women’s Tennis head coach from the 1993-1994 season until the 2010-2011 season, has led Monarch Tennis since his college graduation. Cummings graduated from Old Dominion University in 1992. During his time as a student, Cummings was awarded the 1985 Virginia State’s Singles Champion title.
Cummings was also a major part in helping the Monarch’s tennis program win countless awards. He was the only coach ever in the CAA to be recognized for both Men’s and Women’s CAA Coach of the Year award. He has been the recipient of this award on six different occasions.
“Darryl is ODU tennis”, said Dominic Manilla, ODU women’s tennis head coach. “I think he left a very admirable legacy at Old Dominion. There are a lot of coaches at big time schools who haven’t done nearly as much as Darryl did at Old Dominion.”
In a telephone interview with the Mace&Crown, Cummings declined to comment on the upcoming trial. However, when asked about Addison’s allegations, Cummings concluded, “sometimes you go through life and sometimes a little conflict comes up.”