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2012 - Florida Atlantic University (Recruiting Coordinator/WR)
2011 - Indiana (Quality Control for Recruiting)
2007 - 2010 - Fort Scott Community College (Head Football Coach)
2006 - Southern Arkansas State (Offensive Coordinator)
2004 - 2005 - Minnesota State-Mankato (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator)
2002 - 2003 - Mesabi Range Community College (Head Football Coach/Assistant AD)
2001 - Pasadena High School (Head Football Coach)
1999 - 2000 - Mt. San Antonio College (Assistant Coach/QBs/WR/Special Teams)
1997-1998 - Baker University (Assistant Coach/WR)
1996 - Central Missouri State University (Graduate Assistant/RB)
1995 - Maryville High School (Assistant Coach WR/DB)
Northeast Florida and Junior Colleges
The Sims File
Birth date: June 9, 1972
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Education: 1992, A.S. Liberal Arts, Bakersfield College; 1995, B.S. Physical Education, Baker University; 1998, M.A., Management, Baker University
Marital Status: Lecia M. Tinnin
Children: Dylan (11), Jacob (10) and Samantha (8)
At Florida Atlantic
Sims joined Carl Pelini's staff in mid-December of 2011 as one of the first hires. The duo hit the ground running with the 2012 signing day just months away. The class needed to be built, developed and signed. February 1, 2012 the Owls added 29 players to its roster, and was rated as one of the best in the program's 12 existence, allowing Sims to turn his attention to the 2013 class and to his on-the-field duties as wide receivers coach.
Sims entered the 2012 spring practice with concerns for the wide receivers. The group had tallied just eight touchdowns in 2011 and just one receiver had more than one touchdown reception, and he was lost to graduation. Another blow came to the unit when DeAndre Richardson, the team's reception leader, suffered a broken ankle that would eliminate him from the 2012 campaign.
The receivers stepped up to the task with a total of 18 touchdown receptions among eight different receivers. William Dukes, a second team All-Sun Belt member, led the receivers with 63 catches, nearly three times as many catches as his previous campaign, and the sophomore averaged 81.6 yards per game. Dukes saved the best for his final game of 2012 with a record setting 204 yards and two scores. While Dukes tallied four 100+ games and a total of six games with 96+ games, the opportunities for junior college transfer and honorable mention All-Sun Belt member Daniel McKinney. McKinney had two touchdown catches in FAU's road win over WKU and tallied a total of 48 catches on the season. The wide receiving corps continued to develop throughout the season but questionably none more than walk-on Jenson Stoshak who ended his freshman campaign with two starts, two touchdowns and a scholarship. Stoshak will be one of 11 who caught a pass in 2012 that returns to the experience unit and more importantly all will have a spring season, in many cases two, under their belts as they enter 2013 with a new quarterback and new challenges.
Sims joined the Indiana University staff in 2011 after 16 years in the coaching profession, a 45-19 head coaching record and one national championship appearance as a head coach. His day-to-day duties would take him away from on-field responsibilities and focused more on all recruiting aspects for the Big Ten member. It also provided the opportunity to work for an automatic qualifying football institution.
At Fort Scott CC
Guided the team to a 32-12 record and saw 111 players continue their education at a four-year university, while 51 moved on to Division IA programs. His four-year win total of 32 (2007-10) was nearly three times the win production from the previous five years (11-37). His teams reached the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA. In his final two seasons No. 12 and No. 6. The Sporting News ranked FSCC No. 1, nationally. His teams earned three-consecutive bowl bids. His success was accomplished through his fundraising efforts which allowed for more scholarships and summer school programs which in turn produced an 18-4 home record, two KJCCC Player of the Year honorees, 20 All-Americans (nine academic), and 57 All-KJCCC selections. FSCC boasted the No. 1 offense in both 2007 and 2009.
His final season at the helm (2010) saw 26 student-athletes move on to a four-year university. Jason Pierre-Paul was the New York Giants No. 1 pick and 20 Former Greyhounds participated in Division I-A Bowl Games. And, nearly 25 percent of the squad earned a 3.5+ g.p.a. In 2009, The Greyhounds posted an 11-1 record and finished the regular-season undefeated and ranked No. 1 nationally, 36 student-athletes matriculated to four-year institutions. FSCC captured the program's first Region VI Championship and the Greyhounds first undefeated Jayhawk Conference championship since 1973 and Jasmin Hopkins was named the NJCAA National Offensive Player of the Year guiding the Greyhounds to a 7-0 home record.
FSCC posted a 9-2 record in 2008, the program's best season since 1973, while the team enjoyed an 8-0 start including five defensive shut-outs (including four in a row) and the program's first win over Texas Junior College in the state of Texas, 34 members transferred to four-year universities following the program's second bowl victory in the school's history. His first season at the helm of FSCC (2007), Sims guided the Greyhounds to a 9-3 record, the program's best record since 1973. Along the way, FSCC earned its first victory over Garden City CC since 1991. Two games were dubbed the National Game of the Week, the 6-0 start was the best since 1973, the Greyhounds were undefeated at home (5-0) and FSCC earned a Valley of the Sun Bowl Bid. At seasons end, 19 student-athletes transferred to four-year colleges.
At Southern Arkansas State
Sims served one season at Southern Arkansas State, a NCAA Division II program and member of the competitive Gulf South Conference. Transforming SAS's traditional option based offense to a spread passing attack.
At Minnesota State University-Mankato
Served as the Co-Offensive Coordinator and began his tenure with MSU in 2004, the year that current FAU Head Coach Carl Pelini served as the defensive coordinator. Sims' MSU tenure, 2004-2006, would also see the St. Louis native serve as the recruiting coordinator for the eight-member coaching staff. In 2005 MSU boasted the largest recruiting class in the NCC Conference and the largest in Minnesota State history (34 NLI's). Wide receiver Tyler Smith ended his '05 campaign with 70 receptions and second team All-North Central Conference honors. His total was second in the league and the fourth-best total in MSU history. Sims also worked with All-American running back Sean Treasure, who ended his career ninth all-time at MSU, and wide receiver Kyle Krivoruchka, who finished his career with 100 receptions. He was also responsible for recruiting All-American Jimmie Gunn, who led the NCC with 113 tackles and MSU's all-time kick return record holder Melvin Matlock. His first season at MSU the squad finished with a 6-5 record, the first winning season since 1994. Both Krivoruchka, who led the NCC in receiving with 49 receptions and Michael Lawrence, who led the NCC in yards per reception with 24.3 ypc, were instrumental in the team's six-game improvement and the best improvement in CCAA Division II in 2004, fifth-best ever.
At Mesabi Range CC
Sims served in a dual role at Mesabi (2002-04) with the responsibility of both the Assistant Athletics Director and Head Football Coach. While at Mesabi, he tallied a 13-7 record. In 2003 the Norsemen were 10-1, ranked No. 14 in NJCAA and No. 2 among non-scholarship colleges. MRCC captured the program's first Northern Division Championship (9-0) and were the MCCC State Championship Runner-up for the first time since 1995. The 10-1 finish also earned a Region XIII runner-up finish, the best since 1995. Along the way MRCC was No. 1 in rushing defense (29.3 ypg), passing defense (60.72 ypg), total defense (90.5 ypg), scoring defense (6.7 ppg), and No. 1 in MCCC scoring offense (40.4 ppg). The program's single game scoring record of 83 points was set (October 11, 2003) and 12 players earned all-conference selections, including seven first team selections. Four Norsemen were honored as all-region selections. Linebacker Jamar White led the list as the Region 13 Defensive Player of the Year. White and Jeremy Coley also earned 2 NJCAA and J.C. Gridwire All-American honors while Greg Powell and Jimmie Gunn earned J.C. Gridwire Academic All-America honors. In 2002, Sims' offense led the Minnesota Community College Conference in passing offense and eight players earned all-conference honors including six freshmen, one an all-region selection.
At Mt. San Antonio College
Served two seasons as an assistant coach where he worked with the quarterbacks, wide receivers, special teams and the off-season conditioning program. His two seasons at Mt. San Antonio the team captured back-to-back Mission Conference Championships and posted a 17-5 record. Invitations were earned to two bowl championships and the South County Bowl trophy was hoisted. The team broke six and tied one of the program's 11 passing and receiving records and averaged more than 30 points per game. The 2000 squad averaged 32.9 ppg and was ranked No. 5 nationally. Offensively, 31 players earned full scholarships to further their education, including 16 at Division I-A programs, two earned All-American honors, five all-conference honors. Sims was responsible for recruiting 11 future professional football players.
Professional Players Coached
Alfonso Boone - Kansas City Chiefs (7th)
Lawrence "Taco" Wallace - Seattle Seahawks (7th)
Adam Tate - Green Bay Packers (Free Agent)
Marcus Roberson - Philadelphia Eagles (Free Agent)
Kelvin Milhouse - Miami Dolphins (Free Agent)
Aaron Hosack - New Orleans Saints (Free Agent)
Eddie Linscomb - British Columbia Lions (Free Agent)
William Obeng - Minnesota Vikings (Free Agent)
Melvin Matlock - Utah Blaze (Free Agent)
Jason Pierre -Paul - New York Giants (1st)
Jacquain Williams - New York Giants (6th)
Jemarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick- New Orleans Saints (Free Agent)
Lavonte David- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2nd)
Domenique Davis- Atlanta Falcons (Free Agent)
Croyell Judie- Denver Broncos (Free Agent)
Brandon Kinnie- Kansas City Chiefs (Free Agents)
Chris Douglas- Buffalo Bills (Free Agents)
Anthony White (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Bryon Jerideau (San Diego Chargers)
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