McNeese State names Simmons new head coach

LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Dave Simmons, who has been an assistant
coach with three different Southland Conference basketball
champions, was named head coach Tuesday at McNeese State.

Simmons comes from Northwestern State, which won the SLC title
last season and defeated Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament. He replaces Tic Price, who was fired last month after
five seasons and a 74-68 record.

"Dave Simmons is a very good fit for our program," McNeese
State athletic director Sonny Watkins said. "He has helped build
championship teams everywhere he has gone and he knows what it
takes to be a champion in the Southland Conference."

Simmons, 47, also has been on the staffs of Louisiana Tech and
McNeese State when those teams won SLC championships and advanced
to the NCAA Tournament. He has been at Northwestern State for the
past seven seasons.

Simmons played college basketball at Louisiana Tech and was
named to the all-SLC team three times.