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Alex Simmons

Alex  Simmons

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
University of Tennessee

03/29/2017

Alex Simmons Awarded WBCA Thirty Under 30 Honor

Simmons honored as one of WBCA’s up-and-coming coaches

03/01/2017

Ole Miss Faces LSU in SEC Tournament Thursday

Rebels and Tigers Square off at 5 PM CT in Second Round

02/19/2017

Ole Miss Drops Road Contest at Vanderbilt

Muhammad paces Rebels with 19 points

02/09/2017

Ole Miss Falls to LSU

Sessom paces Rebels with 14 points

02/07/2017

Ole Miss Opens Three Game Homestand vs. LSU on Thursday

Rebes and Tigers tangle at 6 pm CT on SEC Network+

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.

Coaching Career

2013-present: Assistant Coach, Ole Miss

2010-2013: Assistant Coach, Middle Tennessee

2009-10: Graduate Assistant, Kansas

    • Ball Qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur

      Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.com The list of Ole Miss women's golf representatives on the U.S. Open circuit grew once again on Monday. Incoming freshman Conner Beth Ball qualified for the 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. The Madison, Mississippi native is excited... read more

    • Incoming Freshman Holliday Qualifies for U.S. Girls' Junior

      Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comThe strong summer for Ole Miss Rebel golf continues.The latest happening in an exciting summer in the golf house came courtesy of incoming freshman Macy Holliday. The Dallas native qualified for the 69th U.S. Girls' Junior... read more

    • Harris Advances to Semis in Georgia Match Play Championship

      Friday, June 2, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comLIVE SCORING EATONTON, Ga. - Ole Miss women's golf rising senior Katy Harris is playing some excellent golf so far at the Georgia Match Play Championship, and she's feeling good for the final two rounds on... read more

    • Ole Miss Historian Recalls Early Days of CoSIDA

      Friday, May 26, 2017 - Athletics

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    • Ole Miss Wins Oxford Regional

      Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Softball

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    • Oxford Regional: Ole Miss 2, Arizona State 0

      Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Softball

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    • Oxford Regional: Ole Miss 8, Southern Illinois 0

      Friday, May 19, 2017 - Softball

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3

      Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Baseball

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    • Game 2: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4

      Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Baseball

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    • We Meet Again

      Thursday, May 11, 2017 -

      As the Ole Miss men's tennis team gets set for its NCAA first round match against UC Santa Barbara Friday, we throw it back to 1997, the first ever meeting between the two schools that kicked off an NCAA Tournament... read more

    • From the Tennis Court to Dr. Rangel

      Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Women's Tennis

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    • Carter Breaks Course Record at Texas Shootout

      Friday, April 28, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comIt was a special day for a Rebel great. Ole Miss Women's Golf alumna Dori Carter tied the lowest round of her career on Friday to break the course record at Las Colinas Country Club and... read more

    • Final Thoughts From The Tee Box

      Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Women's Golf

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    • Mock Draft Roundup

      Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Football

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6

      Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Baseball

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