Alex Simmons enters her third year as an assistant coach at Ole Miss for the 2015-16 season.
Simmons, who spearheads the Ole Miss recruiting efforts, has been instrumental in Ole Miss’ recruiting. Simmons and the rest of the staff most recently hauled in the No. 34 ranked class nationally.
A post player by trade, Simmons has been instrumental in the growth and development of first team All-SEC selection, Tia Faleru. Faleru closed her collegiate career No. 4 on Ole Miss double-double charts with 34 career double doubles. Additionally, Faleru led the SEC in rebounding for the second consecutive season (13.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg) becoming the first player since Sylvia Fowles to lead the SEC in consecutive seasons. Faleru also became the first SEC player to average a double-double since the 2010-11 season.
In her first year on the Rebel sidelines, Simmons helped to develop junior Tia Faleru into an All-SEC player. Prior to the arrival of head coach Matt Insell and his staff, Faleru started just one game in 2012-13, and averaged 11.4 points per game. She blossomed under Simmons’ tutelage and averaged a team-best 16.4 points and 9.4 rebounds, while posting 15 double-doubles on the season, a number which ranked second best in the SEC. Additionally, Faleru earned AP All-SEC first team honors and was a All-SEC and College Sports Madness second-team selection. The Ozark, Ala., native was also a two-time C Spire/Gillom Trophy finalist.
Prior to her appointment at Ole Miss, Simmons, a former national champion as a player at the University of Tennessee, spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee, helping lead the Blue Raiders to three NCAA Tournament appearances during that time.
"I'm excited to have Alex join us at Ole Miss," Insell said. "I'm excited to have someone join our staff that has Alex's level of experience in recruiting and developing post players. Having someone on staff like Alex, who has won two national championships as a player, and who has that championship mentality, is huge for us."
Most recently with Blue Raiders during the 2012-13 season, Simmons helped coach forward Ebony Rowe to WBCA honorable mention All-America status as well as to AP honorable mention All- America accolades. She was also a top-30 finalist for the Naismith Award.
Simmons' work with the post players during the 2011-12 season saw Middle Tennessee grab the most team rebounds in the program's history since 1983 and the third most in its 37 years. Two players, Rowe and Icelyn Elie, formed a matchup nightmare for opponents on their way to garnering All-Sun Belt first team and second team honors, respectively. In her first season with the Middle Tennessee program in 2010-11, Simmons helped establish a solid foundation for its post players. She tutored Rowe to Freshman All-American and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year accolades. Rowe grabbed 21 rebounds against North Texas, the most in over 20 years by a Blue Raider player.
Simmons, a 2008 Tennessee graduate, was a graduate student manager at Kansas in 2009-10 under Bonnie Hendrickson. Simmons completed her undergraduate work at Tennessee, while lettering for four seasons for legendary head coach Pat Summitt. She was a part of two NCAA Championship teams, in 2007 and 2008.Simmons graduated from Tennessee in December 2008 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science.
Simmons and her husband, Christian, have a daughter Carsyn.
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