Derek Simmons
Position: Volunteer Coach
Alma Mater: Georgia State University
Graduating Year: 2009
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: (989) 774-1484
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Derek Simmons
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 06/27/2011
Derek Simmons joined the Central Michigan baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in the summer of 2010. He works with the infielders and provides additional hitting instruction.

Simmons graduated from Georgia State with a degree in sociology in May 2009. While at Georgia State he became the first player in program history to earn first-team All-CAA honors twice in a career (2008 and 2009). Simmons was named 2009 Pre-Season ALL-CAA by SeBaseball, Rivals, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball News, College Baseball Insider, Easton's College Baseball Daily and by the league's coaches. He was named Georgia State's 2008 Offensive MVP and served as a team captain in 2009. He finished his career in Georgia State's top-10 in batting average, RBI, home runs, at-bats, runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and hit by pitches.

He guided the Panthers to their first ever CAA conference championship and the school's first NCAA Regional in 2009. Prior to Georgia State, Simmons spent two years at the University of Montevallo. There he led the team to its first Gulf South conference championship, South Central regional championship a berth to the 2006 Division II College World Series and a No. 3 final ranking. He was selected for Team USA to play in the World Port Tournament and also played professionally for the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League.

In high school Simmons broke the school's batting average record which still stands and was named first team all-area by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as well as being invited to play with Team Georgia. He also played amateur baseball with the prestigious East Cobb Braves program.