Alex Simmons Awarded WBCA Thirty Under 30 Honor
March 29, 2017

WBCA Release

ATLANTA –
Fourth-year Ole Miss women’s basketball assistant coach Alex Simmons was a recipient of the WBCA ’Thirty under 30’ Award given to 30 of the up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport across all levels of the game.

“We are extremely proud of Coach Alex,” said head coach Matt Insell. “Alex is an integral part of our team. As a player at Tennessee and a two-time national champion, she knows tradition and what it takes to win, play and compete at a high level both on the court and in life. She brings all of that to our team everyday. Alex truly cares about people and wants to see young women succeed in life by empowering them through the game of basketball. She’s very deserving of this honor and we’re very fortunate to have her at Ole Miss.”

Each recipient has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner and attitude and professional association involvement. Simmons becomes the first SEC women’s basketball assistant coach to earn the honor in the two years of the recognition.

“The WBCA is pleased to recognize up and coming talent in our coaching family. The 30 coaches who have been named to receive the Thirty Under 30 Award are deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for distinguishing themselves early in their careers,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These coaches have demonstrated eagerness, effectiveness, loyalty, love of the game, and a commitment to the student-athlete. We celebrate their effort on the basketball court as teachers and equally applaud the extensive role they play in impacting the lives of their student-athletes.”

“As Marriott embarks on a new and exciting partnership with the NCAA as Official Hotel Partner, we are thrilled to recognize 30 highly talented coaches who have also been outstanding members of their communities,” said Steve Heitzner, chief sales and marketing officer, Americas, Marriott International. “As a company, we focus on the development and recognition of professionals in many industries and are incredibly proud of the accomplishments and bright futures of these exceptional coaches.”

One of the first staff members Insell hired when he took the job, Simmons is a crucial piece of the Ole Miss women’s basketball program. Simmons spearheads the Ole Miss recruiting efforts and has helped the Rebels haul in three straight top-20 classes including the No. 11 class for the 2017-18 season.

Simmons, a two-time national champion at Tennessee, works with the Ole Miss post players and has helped the Rebels to two postseason appearances. Simmons can be credited with the development of All-SEC player Tia Faleru (2012-15). Under Simmons' tutelage, Faleru 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. She’s also been instrumental in the development of freshman Shelby Gibson who this season became the first freshman in the Insell era to earn multiple SEC Freshman of the Week honors.

For further ticket information go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587). For all Ole Miss women's basketball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWBB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Women's Basketball. Fans can also follow Ole Miss women's basketball head coach Matt Insell on Twitter at @minsell.


 

 

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