The move comes as a surprise to most in the Sunflower League. Simmons spent just one season with SM North, going 0-9.
However, with 15 returning starters, including up-and-coming sophomore quarterback Will Schneider, it looked like Simmons was primed to bring the program out of the league's basement, and back into relevancy.
According to sources, SM North has given assistant coach Ben Bartlett the interim head coach title. There has been no indication whether the program intends to hire a new head coach prior to the start of the season, or let Bartlett coach the team through the fall and evaluate next winter.
Simmons was SM North's fourth head coach in the past 10 years. The program enjoyed success in the early 2000s under Sam Brown, but hasn't fielded a winning record since Brown's departure following the 2004 season.
In the nine seasons since Brown left, the program has gone 13-69. SM North currently holds a 19-game losing streak, the longest of its kind by any Sunflower League program on record.
This was very upsetting to the team...simmons NEVER had meeting with these boys to tell them he was leaving......this hurt them.....and the parents...BUT we have coach barlett that is stepping in to take the boys where they need to be and the boys really like him!
I agree northmom98, it was not a classy way of exiting by any means, and especially this late in to June! Unheard of for sure...
As for Alumni Ben Bartlett taking over the program, this is the right direction for the Indians - and as an SMSD alumn I hope his kids listen to him each day and work to get better!
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