Former OSU coach Bob Simmons to coach HS
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ob Simmons is taking on another reclamation project.
Simmons, the former Oklahoma State coach who has been away from the game since 2008, is the new head coach at Boulder (Colo.) High School.
Boulder has won four games or less in each of the last nine seasons, and went 3-7 in 2012. Its last winning season was in 2003, a 7-4 campaign.
In 1995, Simmons took over an Oklahoma State program that had endured six consecutive losing seasons. By 1997, the Cowboys were 8-3 and secured a berth in the Alamo-Bowl bound. This in the pre-T. Boone Pickens era.
While Simmons’ run in Stillwater fizzed three years later, it helped set the stage for the Cowboys’ emergence as a power under two of his assistants, Les Miles and Mike Gundy.
“The big thing is the opportunity to be a part of bringing back the winning ways here in a school that’s got a great tradition,” Simmons told the Denver Post.
Simmons, 64, is familiar with Boulder, having spent seven years on Bill McCartney’s CU staff from 1988-94. One of his sons attended BHS.
After Oklahoma State, Simmons had stints as an assistant at Notre Dame, Washington and Portland State. Early in his career he coached at Bowling Green, Toledo and West Virginia.
Simmons returned to Colorado after his last coaching job at Portland State to be closer to his children and grandchildren.
Despite the program’s recent struggles, Boulder High had its pick of an impressive list of candidates. The other finalists were Bryant Shaw, a former BHS assistant and former NFL player, and former Colorado player Ron Woolfork, who has been head coach at Denver East and Overland.
“What impressed me is just (Simmons’) football background and the places he’s coached, and bringing that wealth of knowledge of knowing the next level,” BHS athletic director Melissa Warfield said.
For Simmons, t was the opportunity to return to the classroom – not the sideline – that most intrigued him.
“What I wanted to do was get back in the classroom,” he said.
“I love teaching. I’ve got a passion for teaching.”