Leavitt Names Replacements For Smith & Frey

Coach Jim Leavitt has announced that Greg Gregory will replace Rod Smith who is heading to West Virginia, as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Also grad assistant Mike Simmonds will be elevated to offensive line coach to replace Greg Frey, who was named the offensive line coach at West Virginia earlier this evening.


Coach Jim Leavitt has announced that Greg Gregory will replace Rod Smith, who has resigned his position, as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Also  grad assistant Mike Simmonds will be elevated to offensive line coach to replace Greg Frey, who was named the offensive line coach at West Virginia earlier this evening.

"Greg Gregory was a steadying influence on our offense throughout the past two seasons," said Leavitt. "I have absolute confidence that he will step right in and lead our offense with strong command. He has a great deal of experience, and we're really looking forward to him taking over our offense."

"Mike Simmonds proved himself all throughout the 2006 season while working in his graduate assistant role. He is very deserving of taking over the offensive line position, and his knowledge of the game and work ethic will be great assets."

Greg Gregory has over 25 years of coaching experience. Including 13 seasons as an offensive coordinator and two as a head coach, all at the collegiate level. He first joined the staff at USF in 2005 as tight ends coach, after he had been an offensive coordinator for four successive seasons at Ohio From 2001 to 2003 and Richmond in 2004. While Gregory was Offensive coordinator at Ohio the team scored over 32 points per game, the programs highest average in 25 years.

From 1998-99 He spent two-seasons as head coach of Missouri Southern State.

Before that he had 16 years at Army, where he was offensive coordinator for nine seasons, including the last seven where he was also Associate Head Coach. In 1996 Gregory was named Assistant Coach of the Year by Athlon magizine. He also worked with receivers, running backs and quarterbacks at various stages in his 16 years at Army.

Gregory began his coaching career at Virginia as a graduate assistant.

At Richmond, he was a quarterback Lettering in three of his four seasons from 1976-79

Coaching Experience
2006 USF Tight Ends
2005 USF Tight Ends
2003 Ohio Offensive Coordinator
2002 Ohio Offensive Coordinator
2001 Ohio Offensive Coordinator
2000 Richmond Offensive Coordinator
1999 Missouri Southern State Head Coach
1998 Missouri Southern State Head Coach
1997 Army Associate Head coach / Offensive Coordinator
1996 Army Associate Head coach / Offensive Coordinator
1995 Army Associate Head coach / Offensive Coordinator
1994 Army Associate Head coach / Offensive Coordinator
1993 Army Associate Head coach / Offensive Coordinator
1992 Army Associate Head coach / Offensive coordinator
1991 Army Associate Head coach / Offensive Coordinator
1990 Army Offensive Coordinator
1989 Army Offensive Coordinator
1988 Army Quarterbacks
1987 Army Quarterbacks
1986 Army Runningbacks
1985 Army Runningbacks
1984 Army Tight Ends / J.V Head
1983 Army Receivers
1982 Army Receivers
1981 Virginia Graduate Assistant
1980 Virginia Graduate Assistant



Mike Simmonds joined the Bulls in 2006 as a grad assistant after a successful career as a high school head coach in Tampa. He compiled a 75-29 record in eight seasons at Jefferson High, where he led the Dragons to the state championship game in 2002 and 2004. After a 2-8 debut in 1998, Simmonds led his program to seven consecutive appearances in the state playoffs. He was 17-7 in his postseason competition.

"Mike Simmonds has proven himself to be an outstanding football coach,". "His experience will add tremendously to our football program."
--USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt

Mike Simmonds a graduate of Indiana State began coaching as an assistant coach at Hillsborough in 1992. In the six years there, the team had a 54-14 record, and was a 1996 state finalist.

He started coaching Jefferson in 1998, going 2-8 in his first season, he then reached the playoffs in his next seven straight seasons. The team played in the 4A state title game in 2002, and returned to the 3A state title game in 2004. He has a playoff record of 17-7, and a 74-29 overall record in his eight seasons as head coach. In 2002 he was also voted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach of the Year.

Simmonds was a 10th round draft choice by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987, and a starting guard for them in 1989. He signed with Chargers as a plan-B free agent in 1990. Simmonds was credited with four NFL seasons,  and he played under O-line coaches Pete Hoenor (ISU, Bears), Larry Beightol (Bucs), and Alex Gibbs (Chargers)

He attended Indiana State University where he started 46 games. He was a two-time All-Gateway conference First team, and a First team All-American. He was also team captain, offensive MVP, and Most Valuable Offensive lineman.

Coaching Experience:
2006 USF Graduate Assistant / Defense
2005 Jefferson HS Head Coach
2004 Jefferson HS Head Coach - State Finalist
2003 Jefferson HS Head Coach
2002 Jefferson HS Head Coach - State Finalist
2001 Jefferson HS Head Coach
2000 Jefferson HS Head Coach
1999 Jefferson HS Head Coach
1998 Jefferson HS Head Coach
1997 Hillsborough HS Assistant Head coach
1996 Hillsborough HS Assistant Head coach- State Finalist
1995 Hillsborough HS Assistant Head coach
1994 Hillsborough HS Assistant Head coach
1993 Hillsborough HS Assistant Head coach
1992 Hillsborough HS Assistant Head coach

 

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