Neal Simmons
Neal Simmons
Title: Assistant Coach/Offense

Simmons joined the Trine coaching staff prior to the 2015 season and will serve as the running backs coach.

In his first season, Simmons coached Thunder running back Mark Wilson to a All-MIAA Second Team honor. Under Simmons' guidance, Wilson turned in two of the top three rushing performances in a game in school history during the 2015 season, including a 327 yards in a victory over nationally-ranked foe Albion. Trine running backs combined for three of the top 10 rushing performances in a game in team history under Simmons.

Simmons had a guiding hand in helping Trine set a program record in rushing yards per game in 2016. Lamar Carswell finished the season ranked second in the nation in yards per carry. The Thunder set a school record with 537 rushing yards in a win over Concordia.

For three years, Simmons was a member of Master Training Program, established by USA Football and the National Football League to make football safer. Simmons plays an important role in educating coaches, players, parents and other staff on the safest ways to play football. Simmons is currently a member of the Player Safety Program. He has been involved in NFL/USA Football programs since 2010.

Simmons is a 1984 alumnus of Johnson C Smith University, in Charlotte, NC, where he majored in Urban Studies. He began his coaching career as an Inside Linebackers Coach, the position he lettered in for the Division II Golden Bulls. Simmons brings over 29 years of experience to the Thunder Football Family.

He played a huge role in the development of former NFL players Will Billingsly (Dolphins) Javon Barnes (Jets/NFL Europe). In 1999, Simmons coordinated the semi-pro combine in Nashville Tenn. This would bring semi-pro football players to northeast Indiana, and form the River City Rhinos semi-professional football team in Fort Wayne. Simmons served as the Offensive Line Coach in 1998, and served as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator 1999-2000.

Simmons won back to back semi-professional championships with the Allen County Explosion (2002-03). In 2011-2012 he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the 5A Wayne Generals football program, in Fort Wayne.  He currently serves on the executive board for Metro Youth Sports, Inc. Simmons and his wife Jean have four children- Adam, Jamika, Chanetta, and Jamodi .