Nick Simmons, a 2011 USA Wrestling World Team Member and 2012 London Olympics alternate, was hired as an assistant coach on June 4, 2012. He begins his second season at IU and first as associate head coach for the 2013-14 school year.
"Nick will be an exciting addition to our staff," said Goldman upon the hiring. "He has been tremendously successful at every level of wrestling, not only as an athlete, but as a coach. He will bring a unique wealth of knowledge to our team."
Simmons spent the previous three seasons as the Director of Wrestling Operations at Oregon State University while also competing and training in international freestyle events.
The United States' highest ranked 55kg (121 lbs) freestyle wrestler, was the U.S. alternate for the 2012 London Olympics after finishing second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in April. His international successes for numerous, highlighted by a 2011 U.S. World Team Trials championship. A more-detailed list of freestyle accomplishments can be found below:
2011 US World Team Member
The Hoosier lightweights saw vast improvements in Simmons first season, most notably 125-pounder Joe Duca. Simmons mentored Duca to a late-season push that resulted in an NCAA Championships appearance for Duca.
Simmons is no stranger to Big Ten Wrestling, constructing a four-time All-American career at Michigan State University. The former Spartan racked up 138 collegiate wins, the 2nd most in Michigan State history. Simmons won three Big Ten titles and was also crowned champion at the Midlands three times. His 46 falls are an all-time school record.
His success on the mat started early with Simmons posting a perfect 211-0 prep record, earning four MHSAA state titles.
He racked up 208 wins by fall or technical fall, including 157 consecutive falls and setting a national record for falls in a single season with 57. He finished his career with two Asics High School First Team All-America accolades and three U.S. Junior Nationals Freestyle titles, making the finals four years. He was named the 1999 Jr. Schalles Award, given to the nation's best pinner.
Simmons is from Williamston, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State in 2007 with a degree in Human Resource Social Science.
He and his wife, Nicole, were married in October 2011.
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