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John Simon
John Simon

Running Backs Coach


Football Returns to Practice Field

Southern Miss takes on Louisiana Tech this Saturday in Ruston, La.


Todd Monken Weekly Press Conference


Football Hits the Field for Practice No. 11 on Friday

The team will scrimmage tomorrow at 10 a.m.


Southern Miss Coach Todd Monken Announces Hiring of Six Assistant Football Coaches

Six new assistant coaches have been named.


Week 13


Featuring Coach Simon


Featuring John Simon

John Simon joins coach Todd Monken's first staff to lead the running backs after a successful run as a coach and administrator at Franklin D. Roosevelt High in the Dallas ISD.

During the 2012 season, Simon served as the school's athletic director after hiring a head coach to lead the program where he remained on staff as an assistant coach after spending the 2011 season as the interim head coach. Prior to becoming the interim head coach, Simon was the school's assistant athletic director for two seasons and served as the team's special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Simon is known throughout the country through various seminars and attendance at THSCA Coaches Convention, AFCA Coaches Convention, and has also participated in the NFLPA Coaching Symposium and NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy. He has also made a career of motivational speaking through his own non-profit organization, I.M.A.G.E., focusing on improving minority areas and speaking to at-risk youth.

To his credit at Roosevelt, Simon helped develop Patrick Levels into a Division I defensive back. Levels now stars at Baylor University for Coach Art Briles.

Simon spent three years in the National Football League, two years with the Washington Redskins and one season with the Tennessee Titans.

During his collegiate and professional career, Simon crafted his knowledge of the game and coaching style after being led by such legendary coaches as Jeff Fisher, Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs, Gary Crowton, Hugh Jackson and his familiarity to Monken goes back to his playing days at Louisiana Tech where Monken was his running backs and then later wide receivers coach. Simon also ran behind current offensive line coach Pete Perot's line for the Bulldogs.

Over his playing career at Louisiana Tech, Simon was a four-year starter and team captain during his senior season and helped lead the Bulldogs to their first WAC championship and bowl appearance in 11 years. On the ground, Simon generated 4,852 all-purpose yards and moved to wide receiver during his senior campaign where he extended his streak of games with a catch to a then-NCAA record 46 games, which encompasses every game of his career. He received the Humanitarian Award during the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl and was a recipient of the Louisiana Tech President's Award. Coaches routinely called on Simon to host recruits during his career where he was considered one of the team's best.

Simon is married to the former Cecelia Stroy, who he met while attending Louisiana Tech, and the couple has two children, John IV (7), and James (5).

Simon at Glance
2012RooseveltAthletic Director
2011RooseveltInterim-Head Coach/Athletic Director
2010RooseveltAssistant Athletic Director/Special Teams Coordinator/Secondary
2009RooseveltAssistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
2008RooseveltAssistant Coach/Receivers

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