Simmons reunited with her former coaches, Shaun Kupferberg and Kelly Hopkins, who she played under as a freshman and sophomore at Northwest University.
She will continue working with the Dolphin setters and offense after flourishing in the system as a player.
In her first season with the program, the Dolphins ranked third in the A-Sun in hitting percentage (.224) and assists (11.76 aps) depite shifting from a 5-1 format to a 6-2 set at the beginning of the year.
As a senior at Washington, she helped the Huskies to a 27-4 overall record, a No. 6 ranking in the nation and a second round finish in the NCAA Tournament. Slowed by injury, Simmons averaged 8.36 assists and 1.5 digs per contest in limited action. As a junior, she played in five matches as the Huskies went 29-5 and was ranked No. 6 in the nation before falling to Stanford in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals.
Prior to Washington, Simmons was an all-region and first team all-Cascade Conference setter at Northwest. As a sophomore, she averaged 13.64 assists per set while leading the Eagles to a No. 10 ranking among NAIA schools with a 28-4 record. As a freshman, she led the squad with 6.20 assists per game and a 22-8 overall record.
In her prep career, Simmons was a three-year letterwinner at Bothell High School. A two-time all-conference selection, she led the squad to back-to-back league and district titles as a sophomore and junior. In club action, she was a member of Sudden Impact Volleyball Club and has been an assistant with the club since 2004.
Simmons earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Washington in 2008 and is currently working towards her MBA at JU.