Joseph Simmons is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Shaw University Men’s Basketball Program. He joined the Bears after five highly-successful seasons on the grassroots travel basketball circuit as a Head Coach with the Jacksonville Nets organization and then Program Director/Head Coach of Team Jacksonville Elite based in Jacksonville,Fl. Coach Simmons coached over 30 student-athletes who went on to sign college basketball scholarships at Division 1 or Division 2 institutions from April 2011- June 2015.
Before the 2017-2018 season, Coach Simmons was elevated to Offensive Coordinator and the Bears finished among the Top 75 nationally in four categories (PPG,FG%,FT Made,FT Attempted) while leading the CIAA conference in PPG & FG% and finishing 2nd overall in FT Made and FT Attempted. The Bears finished with four players in the Top 20 for scoring average in the CIAA. Coach Simmons is known as a tireless worker within the basketball program in all aspects (Academics,Recruiting,Office Administrator and Video/Scouting Coordinator).
A native of Jacksonville,Florida. Simmons has very strong recruiting ties throughout the southeast region but especially in the state of Florida.
Simmons was a four-year member of the boys’ basketball team at Jean Ribault Senior High School in Jacksonville,Florida playing for legendary head coach Bernard Wilkes the all time winningest boys coach in the history of Florida High School Basketball.
Simmons was the point guard that led Ribault to back-to-back state final appearances and served as team captain his senior year.
Coach Simmons holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Management from Shaw University.