CLEARWATER - Calvary Christian High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Stacey Simmons as head track and field coach.
Simmons takes over the program from Greg Thiel, who led the track program for the past five seasons. Thiel was hired as the head track and field coach at Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina.
Born and raised in Clearwater, Simmons began his legacy as one of the state’s premier student athletes at Dunedin High School, where he was an all-county baseball player and an all-American in football and track and field. Stacey earned a full football and track scholarship to the University of Florida. As a Gator, Simmons was an all-SEC performer and three times NCAA All-American, breaking three UF track and field records. Simmons earned the opportunity to compete internationally in track and field and was a member of the USA track and field team.
In 1990, the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL draft selected Simmons. After two seasons with the Colts, Simmons spent eight additional seasons in professional football, winning two world championships with the Tampa Bay Storm.
Simmons is a 20-year veteran in Pinellas County Schools where he has served as a science teacher and a coach for football, cross country, and track and field. Simmons has coached and trained many athletes to help them reach the pinnacle in their sport. Under his leadership, student athletes have earned track and field medals on the district, regional, and State levels.
In a press release, Calvary’s Athletic Director, Darrell Don said, “We are thankful to have Stacey Simmons on our coaching staff. His experience and knowledge will enable our athletes to improve their mechanics, technique, and agility which will improve their performance on the track and in the field.”
Simmons takes over the growing track and field program at Calvary, where the girls’ team earned the 2012 Regional Championship, and was the 2013 Co-Champions. The boys’ team showed promise this past spring by sending nine athletes to the FHSAA State Championship with seven of the athletes earning all-state recognition.
Calvary Christian is a ninth to 12th grade high school serving Pinellas County.
For more information, visit www.cchs.us or contact the head of school, David Kilgore.