OSU Hires Al Simmons To Complete Football Staff

Feb. 21, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Dennis Erickson has completed his Oregon State football staff with the addition of Al Simmons as an assistant coach, it was announced Wednesday.

Simmons, 38, will coach the Beavers' secondary and replaces Matt Lubick who resigned to accept a position as an assistant coach at Colorado State, working for his father Sonny Lubick.

Simmons joins the Oregon State staff after spending the past three seasons as the secondary coach at the University of California. He also assisted with special teams for the Bears.

'I am very excited to have a person of Al Simmons' ability join our football staff,' said Erickson. 'Al brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to our program. His familiarity with the Pac-10 Conference and the West Coast will be very important to our recruiting in the future. It says a lot about our program to be able to attract a person of Al's caliber to Oregon State.'

Simmons, a 1987 graduate of Cal State-Hayward, has a rich coaching background.

His coaching career started with his alma mater, Cal State-Hayward, in 1986. He served as defensive coordinator and secondary/linebacker coach until August, 1994. He then moved to San Francisco State as defensive coordinator and secondary coach for one season.

Al moved to Montana State in February, 1995 as secondary coach. He left Montana State in January, 1997 to become defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Idaho State University, a position he held until joining the California Bears in March, 1998.

The Bay Area native has a track record of helping defenses improve. At Cal State-Hayward, his defense finished No. 1 in the conference in scoring defense and No. 2 in total defense in 1992. When he moved to San Francisco State, he helped the Gators place second in their conference in total defense, pass defense, turnovers created and scoring defense.

While he was at Montana State, the Bobcats finished second in the Big Sky Conference in pass efficiency defense in both 1995 and '96.

Simmons also has four years of NFL experience. During the summer of 2000, Simmons was in the minority fellowship-coaching program with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. He was a participant in the same capacity with the San Diego Chargers in 1999, Arizona Cardinals in '96 and Oakland Raiders in '93.

As a player, Simmons was twice selected first team All-NorCal Conference as a strong safety at Cal State-Hayward, where he played in 1982 and '83. Prior to attending Hayward, Simmons was a standout linebacker at Laney College, where he also was twice honored as a first-team all-conference choice.

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