Florida A&M head coach Willie Simmons has decided to accept an assistant coaching position with Duke as the running backs coach. Simmons led the Rattlers to the 2023 SWAC Championship, a victory in the 2023 Celebration Bowl over Howard, and the 2023 HBCU National Championship.
In five seasons with FAMU, Simmons went 45-13 overall, 32-5 in conference matchups, and did not have a losing record in any season. In 2020, FAMU announced it was leaving the MEAC and joined the SWAC beginning in 2021 where Simmons went 30-6 overall and 22-2 in SWAC games. In 2021, FAMU made the FCS Playoffs as an at-large team although they lost the first-round matchup against Southeastern Louisiana.
Prior to being hired at FAMU in 2018, Simmons was the head coach at Prairie View A&M where he went 21-11 overall in three seasons from 2015 through 2017. Simmons has an overall record of 66-24 and a 51-11 record in conference games in his two head coaching stops.
Simmons played college football at Clemson and spent the 2003 season with The Citadel. He began his coaching career in the high school ranks and was a graduate assistant at Clemson in 2006. From 2007 through 2011, he was an assistant offensive coach at Middle Tennessee. In 2012, he moved to Alcorn State as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He stayed with the Braves for three seasons before being named the head coach at Prairie View A&M beginning with the 2015 season.
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