Simi and Shields coached together at Shields’ previous post, Lenoir-Rhyne. Before Lenoir-Rhyne, Simi served as the co-offensive line coach at Army in 2013 and was the United States Military Academy Prep School head coach from 2009-12. Simi served as the offensive line coach for five seasons and later head coach at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., prior to Army. The connection between Simi and Shields dates back to 1997 when the two coached at Eastern Oregon University. Simi rejoins the Dolphins after returning to coach Feather River this past fall.