By the Numbers…Coach Don Simmons’ Stats over his Coaching Career

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Don Simmons holds up the District championship plaque after Chanute’s 53-6 win over the Girard Trojans this season. Simmons, who has won two state championships, compiled a 60-27 record in nine seasons with the Blue Comets. During his tenure the Comets were perennially one of top- scoring teams in the SEK League. Photo by Regan Aylward/The Comet

Andrew Keech

Shawnee Mission North proudly announces the hiring of its new football coach. Coach Don Simmons comes to SMN from Chanute, KS, where he has been the head coach for the past nine years. In thirty five years of coaching , Mr. Simmons has been a head coach for twenty-nine seasons for four different high schools in four different classifications (3A, 4A, 5A, 6A), with twenty-four seasons in which his teams posted a winning record. He has a history of taking teams who have previously had difficulty winning games to league championships and playoff appearances. Coach Simmons is familiar with Johnson County as he was the head coach at Blue Valley North for five years – all with winning records – and won three EKL championships in that time. He made the 6A playoffs twice and compiled a 37-10 win-loss record. In 2001, his team was ranked #2 in Kansas and in the top 50 in the country. In 1990, his team was undefeated and won the state championship. His overall coaching record is 194-95.
•1         STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
•10    Conference Championships
•9     Conference Coach of the Year
•14       District Championships
•19         Playoff Appearances
•24            Winning Seasons
•194           Career Victories
•7-3    Average yearly  win loss record

 

Q: What kind of offense and defense did you use at your previous school?

A: We ran a Spread offense with 3 or 4 wide receivers and 1 or 2 backs with the quarterback in the shotgun and were very balanced between the run and pass. On defense we based out of a 4-2 but also ran some 4-3. We like to be very aggressive and stunt and blitz a lot.

 

Q: What will be the “slogan” for this year?

A: Bringing Back the Tradition!

 

Q: Coming in as a new coach what will be the biggest message you want to leave with your players?

A: That we MUST outwork our opponents if we want to be successful.  That goes for in the weight room, in conditioning, and on the practice field. That also goes for life in general that if you want to be successful in anything, you must always work your hardest to be the best that you can be.

 

Q: What kind of changes are you going to make to the program?

A: the first things that need to be changed are the mental attitudes and the level of expectations. You have to have a positive attitude and expect to win in order to be successful. We also want to make our program into a family atmosphere and incorporate the families, student body, and community into helping make SMN football a happening event.

 

Q: Did you know any of the assistant coaches before taking this job? Will there be any changes to the assistant coaching positions?

A: Jim Coate coached for me at Chanute for several years and I know of a couple of other assistants. I will interview all the assistants there and see if they want to coach for me and how they will fit best in our program. I also hope to maybe bring an assistant or two in with me.

 

Q: What is your goal for this next season?

A: Our goal will be to do things right and be as competitive as we can be in the always tough Sunflower league.  We will try to win as many games as possible and improve every week as we prepare for district games and try to make the playoffs.