Audio Interview: Nick Simmons
June 4, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Nick Simmons, a 2011 USA Wrestling World Team Member, is coming to Bloomington to serve as an assistant coach for the Hoosier Wrestling program announced Head Coach Duane Goldman on Monday (June 4).
"Nick will be an exciting addition to our staff," said Goldman. "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 last three seasons as the Director of Wrestling Operations at Oregon State University while also competing and training in international freestyle events.
"I'm thrilled for the opportunity and looking forward to becoming a part of the Hoosier program," said Simmons. "It's exciting to be back in the Big Ten and work with some of the best wrestlers in the country."
The United States' highest ranked 55kg (121 lbs) freestyle wrestler, will be 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
• 2011 World Trials Champ (55kg)
• 2010 World Team Alternate
• 2009 World Team Alternate
• 2009 US Nationals Champion
• 2008 Olympic Alternate
• Pan American Champ
• University National Champ (Outstanding Wrestler & Most Falls award in same year)
• 2nd at US Nationals in 2007
• 3rd at 2005 World Team Trials
• 5th at 2005 University World Games
• 5th at 2004 Olympic Trials
Simmons is no stranger to Big Ten Wrestling, constructing a four-time All-American career at Michigan State University. With Goldman, assistant coach Joe LeBlanc and Simmons all on board, the Hoosier coaching staff is currently comprised of a trio of four-time All-Americans.
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.