Steve Simmons (soccer)

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Steve Simmons
Personal information
Full name Steve Simmons
Place of birth Eagle River, Alaska
Youth career
Years Team
1983–1986 Chugiak High School
1987–1990 Concordia Cavaliers
Teams managed
Years Team
1990–1993 Concordia Cavaliers (assistant)
1994 Gonzaga Bulldogs (assistant)
1995 Whitworth Bucs
1996–2001 Linfield Wildcats (women)
1996–2001 Lindfield Wildcats (men)
2001–2002 Oregon State Beavers (assistant)
2003–2008 Northern Illinois Huskies
2009– Oregon State Beavers

Steve Simmons is an American soccer coach who presently coaches the Oregon State Beavers men's soccer program.

Playing career[edit]

He played soccer at Chugiak High School. He was inducted into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame in 2014.[1][2] He played soccer at Concordia University from 1987 to 1990 under head coach Dan Birkey. He was a first-team NCCAA All-American during his senior season. He was a two-time NAIA Northwest All-Regional Selection. He earned the Concordia's Male Athlete of the Year award in 1990. In 1993, he earned a spot on the school's Athletics Wall of Fame.

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching[edit]

He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Concordia University. He worked as an assistant under long-time head coach Dan Birkey from 1990 to 1993, before becoming an assistant at Gonzaga University. He got his first taste of head coaching experience in 1995, when he was named head soccer coach at Division III Whitworth College. In one season there, he compiled a 9-8-2 record and earned Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honors.

From 1996 to 2001, he served as both the men's and women's soccer coach at Division III Linfield College. He led Linfield to a 58-41-3 record over six seasons. He also coached the Linfield College Women's Lacrosse team from 1997-1999.

Northern Illinois[edit]

From 2003 to 2009, he coach the Northern Illinois University men's soccer program. He posted a 59-47-13 mark in six seasons, including 56 from 2004 to 2008. That five-year span set a new school record for victories during that timespan. The Huskies reached double digit wins in four out of his six seasons.

In 2004 and 2006, he won the MAC Coach of the Year award. He coached the 2006 team to a school record 15 wins, and a perfect 9–0 record in home games. In 2007, he led the Huskies to arguably the biggest upset in school history with a 2–1 double overtime win against ninth ranked Northwestern.

In 2008, Northern Illinois went 11-6-4, for a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies also advanced to the MAC Tournament's championship game, before falling to top ranked Akron.

Oregon State[edit]

From 2001 to 2002, he served as the associate head soccer coach at Oregon State University. He was named head men's soccer coach at Oregon State later in 2009.


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