Courtney Simmons enters her 2nd season as Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach for the Lady Cards.
Simmons, who played for Michael Landers at TVCC in 2005-06, was named to the position after a month-long search following the return of Michael Landers and wife Kenya to lead the Lady Cardinal program in April. She returns after a two-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
”Courtney is going to be a great addition to the Lady Cardinal family,” Kenya Landers said. “She knows what it means to be a Lady Cardinal. She is a great recruiter and definitely a rising star in this profession. ”
In Simmons’ one year as a player at TVCC, the Lady Cardinals went 32-3. They won Region XIV Conference and tournament championships and finished sixth at the national tournament. She transferred to TVCC from Tulane University.
Upon leaving TVCC, she went on to play two seasons at Louisville, where she received her degree in communications. At Louisville, she played in 30 games, helping the Cardinals to a 26-10 season record and 10-6 Big East mark. Simmons helped Louisville post victories over three ranked teams in her final season – No. 5 Rutgers, No. 13 West Virginia and No. 25 DePaul.
While at Louisville, Simmons served as camp counselor for basketball camps. As a counselor, she supervised approximately 20 campers per day, while developing specific drills for the participants and monitoring the dormitories during overnight camps.
In addition to her coaching duties at Louisiana-Lafayette, Simmons also coached the Bayou Flames Girls 12 and Under AAU team in Gonzales, La. She served as the top assistant and coordinated travel arrangements for all 16 players and coached.
Simmons is fluent in sign language and volunteered at the 2007 Mini Deaf Olympics. She also volunteered at the 2007 Scotlandville Alumni Association Basketball Clinic and the 2003 and 2006 Southland Girls All-Star Basketball Camp.
She was born Sept. 14, 1984 and is the daughter of Remi Simmons.
“With Courtney being a former Lady Cardinal herself, she will be able to sell our program in a way that only a Lady Cardinal can,” Larkin-Landers said. “We are excited and fortunate to have her with us.”