Randi Simmons Named Napa Valley College Head Women's Soccer Coach
Napa Valley, Calif., March 10, 2017 — Napa Valley College Director of Athletics, Jerry Dunlap, announced the hiring of Randi Simmons as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach.
"We are thrilled to announce Randi as our new head women's soccer coach. She immediately brings credibility to Napa Valley College Soccer. Her coaching experience at every level across the college game and her wealth of knowledge about collegiate soccer is impressive. She will be able to grow our women's soccer players on and off the field and assist them in their transition after Napa Valley. When you meet Randi her infectious personality, passion for the game and development of the student-athlete really stands out. Couple that with her leadership ability and commitment to her players and it is exactly what this program needs.”
Simmons takes the reigns at Napa Valley after helping Washington University in St. Louis to the 2016 NCAA DIII National Championship. This was the first national championship in the program’s history and twentieth overall for the school.
“I am humbled and honored to be the Head Coach of this program. It is a priviledge to lead this team forward and build a truly unique program at Napa Valley. I am committed to Napa Valley College, the Napa Valley community, and the greater bay area to provide a pathway to further the athletic and academic career of our student-athletes. I have to thank our Athletic Director, Jerry Dunlap, for believing in me and bringing me back to northern California.”
Before her time at WashU she spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons under the tutelage of Kim Sutton as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Chico State University in Chico, Calif. There, she assisted with all program operations while working closely with the Wildcat midfielders. In her time with the program, the Wildcats posted a 24-10-4 overall record, finishing second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season including a runner-up finish in the 2014 CCAA Conference Tournament.
Simmons was also featured in the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) "30 Under 30" program. This program was established by the NSCAA for the best 15 men and 15 women coaches who have displayed a high caliber of coaching ability and promise. The select group of up and coming coaches took part in a year-long education and mentorship opportunity.
This will not be the first time that Simmons will work at a two-year institution. In 2013, Simmons began her collegiate coaching career at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She was also active in the youth soccer scene in Kansas City as she worked with Brookside Soccer Club’s U9-U12 age groups from 2011-13.
Upon graduating from college, Simmons briefly worked for Sporting Kansas City on their way to the 2013 MLS Championship. She worked within the communications and media relations department as an intern. Following her time with Sporting KC, she worked for the NSCAA within the national office as a communications and media relations intern.
As a Division I student-athlete, Simmons played in 72 matches at the University of Missouri Kansas-City. She served as the ‘Roos team captain and her teammates named her the hardest working player in 2012.
Simmons was a first-team all-conference selection at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, where she earned the team's Offensive Player of the Year award three times and led the Blue Devils to a pair of conference championships. She holds several school records for soccer, including single game and single season goals, career goals and career points. She also received several accolades for basketball and was a proud multi-sport athlete, earning varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and track & field while also participating in club soccer.
Simmons earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013 and recently earned a Masters of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington (Seattle).
Coach Simmons regularly attends the NSCAA Coaching Convention and What Drives Winning conference as well as participates in coaching clinics and seminars. She holds the NSCAA National and Advanced National coaching diplomas as well as a USSF D coaching license.