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Alex Simmons enters her fifth year as an assistant coach at Ole Miss for the 2017-18 season.
Simmons, who spearheads the Ole Miss recruiting efforts, has been instrumental in Ole Miss’ recruiting, helping the Rebels haul in their third consecutive top-20 recruiting class in 2017-18, which was ranked as high as No. 11.
For her efforts Simmons was named one of the Women’s basketball Coaches Associations “Thirty under 30” at the 2017 WBCA Convention, which honors the top assistant coaches under the age of 30 across all levels of women’s basketball.
Simmons development skills are apparent as she helped freshman Shelby Gibson to two SEC Freshman o f the Week accolades - the most for an Ole Miss freshman in the Insell era. Additionally under Simmon’s tutelage, Shequila Joseph posted a career-best 13 rebounds against Arkansas in the 2017 SEC opener while graduate transfer Taylor Manuel posted 11 games in double figures including a season-best 28 points against Grambling in the WNIT.
Working with a young team in 2015-16, Simmons helped Shequila Joseph to SEC Player of the Week honors after a 21-point outing in Ole Miss’ upset of top-10 foe Kentucky. Additionally, freshman Jonell Williams was one of the most efficient rebounders in the SEC and posted nine rebounds in her collegiate debut – the most by a Rebel in their collegiate debut since Armintie Price posted 11 in 2003-04.
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.
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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