Marywood welcomes new head mens basketball coach

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Bob Simmons will be the new men's basketball coach.

Brigid Edmunds, News Editor

Marywood University announced this summer that Bob Simmons will be the new head men’s basketball coach.

Simmons, who is the university’s fourth head coach, is a native of Hazleton and attended Wilkes University. After graduating in 1993, he went on to coach at six schools, including Division I schools Lehigh Valley and Ball State.

His predecessor, Eric Grundman, stepped down in February after 12 seasons as head coach.

Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Director of Athletics and Recreation, made the announcement on May 30 during a press conference at Marywood’s Center for Athletics and Wellness. Gunning said that Simmon’s appointment marked a new beginning for the basketball team.

“We define success by a coach that is a quality role model, [a] new leader who brings pride, values, commitment, hard work, and a successful track record in basketball,” she stated.

At the press conference, Simmons spoke about his career and family and about coming back to a Division III school. The new coach said he is back at home and ready to get to know his players and plan for success this season.

“My philosophy is very simple — it’s family. That’s how we will be successful. It will be the ‘we’ and the ‘us.’ The ‘me’ and the ‘I’ will not be accepted, will not be tolerated.”

Simmons said he plans on recruiting at area high schools for future players. “We will be a presence. We will get the local talent.”