Head Coach - Women's Water Polo
Simmons is simply one of the most respected figures in the water polo community, reaching lofty heights as both an athlete and coach. She is regarded as one of the greatest female American players ever, having led the United States to the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and twice being named the NCAA Player of the Year while a student-athlete at UCLA. She helped the Bruins win the first-ever NCAA Championship in 2001. She was named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2016.
Her coaching career began in 2005 as an assistant at Hawaii, where she helped the Rainbows record their first-ever top-four finish at the NCAA Championships. She moved on to become an assistant at her alma mater, helping UCLA capture the 2007 NCAA title.
It didn't take long for Simmons to scale the coaching ladder. After one year each as an assistant at Hawaii and UCLA, she was named the head coach at Sonoma State University. She led the Seawolves program for nine years, twice being named the Division II National Coach of the Year.
Simmons also is heavily involved in the U.S. National Team program, having served in a variety of roles as a head coach and assistant coach. In 2015, she coached the U.S. Junior National Team to a gold medal at the FINA Junior World Championships in Volos, Greece - a team that included current Golden Bears Emily Loughlin and Stephanie Mutafyan. Simmons has also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Senior Team and Youth National Team, each of which won gold medals at the World Championships.
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