Men's Soccer Hires Cormier, Simmons

Feb. 27, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State men's soccer program has hired Jesse Cormier and Stephen Simmons as assistant coaches, it was announced Monday by head coach Dana Taylor.

'We're extremely excited to announce the hiring of Jesse Cormier and Steve Simmons,' Taylor said. 'They are a great addition to our program, both are extremely qualified with strong playing backgrounds and extremely strong coaching backgrounds.'

'The hiring of Jesse and Steve will enable us to have a greater presence in the community, in the realm of recruiting, and in Oregon and Washington,' Taylor continued. 'It also enables us to set a higher standard for the training of our players and to take this program to the level of other Pac-10 teams.'

Cormier served as the first assistant men's soccer coach at West Virginia University from 2000-2001 prior to coming to Oregon State, and was an assistant at Bradley from 1997-1999 as well.

The University of Vermont graduate began his coaching career as a youth team coach for the Oxford United Football Club in England, where he was a member of the coaching staff from 1996-98. Throughout his coaching career, he has been a U.S. Soccer Olympic State Coach for West Virginia, Illinois and Vermont. Jesse holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

Cormier brings a wealth of playing experience to Oregon State, as he played professionally in the `A' League for the Cincinnati River Hawks, and was the leading scorer as a rookie for the Connecticut Wolves in 1996.

The peak of Cormier's career was in 1997-98, when he played in the prestigious English First Division for the Oxford City Football Club.

Cormier played collegiately for Division I University of Vermont, where he was a four-year starter. He wound up third on the school's all-time scoring list, and was a two-time all-East and all-conference first-teamer.

Cormier earned his Masters Degree in leadership and human services at Bradley University, and his Bachelors Degree in History from Vermont. He also studied at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia from 1993-1994.

Cormier's family includes wife, Amy, and son Kai (2).

Simmons comes to Oregon State from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., where he served as the head men's and women's soccer coach since 1996. He guided Linfield to the Division III final-four in the 2000 season while posting a 21-1-1 record and earning a No. 4 national ranking in the NSCAA poll. That feat earned Simmons the title of 2000 NSCAA Division III Far West Coach of the Year, in addition to 2000 Northwest Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year. He also earned the NWC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year honor in 1995.

Simmons is a USYSA Region IV staff coach and men's assistant for the `86' Boys, in addition to working with the Olympic Development Program (Region IV). The Concordia University graduate is a USSF `A' licensed coach and holds a NSCAA premier diploma.

Prior to coaching at Linfield, Simmons was the head coach at NCAA Division III Whitworth College, in Spokane, Wash., from 1995-96, and an assistant at Division I Gonzaga from 1994-95. He also served as an assistant at Concordia from 1990-94.

Simmons holds a Master of Arts in physical education and athletics from Gonzaga, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Concordia, where he was a NAIA All-America First Team selection.

Simmons' family includes wife, Maria, and two children, Keagan (4), and Katey (2). They are expecting a third child in July.

'We're grateful for the volume of candidates that applied for the position and the high level of quality of the applicants,' Taylor said. 'We're very thankful for the support we received from Oregon State and for the fact that the administration recognized the need to hire these two qualified coaches.'

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