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Bob Simon

Associate Head Coach

Bob Simon was named the associate head coach on April 20, 2015. Simon, who was previously the associate head coach at Providence, boasts more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience as he enters his second season with the Tide.

In his first year at the Capstone, Simon helped lay a foundation for the future of the Crimson Tide progam. Alabama’s 18 wins under head coach Avery Johnson, which tied a program record for most wins by a first year head coach in school history, propelled the team to the 2016 postseason NIT.

During his first season at Alabama, the Tide broke a school record for threes made (259) and threes attempted (763), while also toppling four top-25 ranked teams for the first time since 2002.

With the excitiment surrounding the style of play, Alabama fans responded to the tune of a new school per game average attendance record of 13,110 fans per contest. With that, the Tide ranked second in the nation in increased attendance, improving 2,934 fans per game from 10,176 in 2014-15 to 13,110 this past season.

During his four seasons at Providence, Simon helped lead the Friars to reach back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2014 and 2015, a BIG EAST Championship in 2014 and the NIT Quarterfinals in 2013. Moreover, he has been instrumental in helping bring in two top-25 recruiting classes in the last three years.

After spending his first three seasons under Providence head coach Ed Cooley, Simon was promoted to the associate head coach position in August of 2014.

Prior to his time with Providence, Simon worked for five seasons as an associate head coach for Ed Cooley at Fairfield. Simon helped lead the Stags’ resurgence as the team posted a 92-69 record (.571) overall and a 58-32 mark (.578) in MAAC action during his time at Fairfield. The 92 wins were the most ever at Fairfield over a five-year span.

In 2009-10, Fairfield reached the postseason after recording a 23-11 record. It was the Stags’ first postseason appearance since 2003.

The following season, Fairfield reached new heights as the squad captured the MAAC regular-season title and advanced to the second round of the NIT. In advancing to the second round of the NIT, Fairfield won at Colorado State to earn the team’s first NIT victory in almost 40 years. The 2011 Fairfield Stags registered a school-record 25 wins and finished second in the nation for scoring defense. With its 25-8 record in 2011, the team posted consecutive seasons with 20 or more victories for the first time in the history of the program. Before arriving at Fairfield, Simon spent six years at the University of Toledo, including three years as the associate head coach. The Rockets posted three 20-win seasons and captured two National Invitation Tournament berths (2001, 2004) during his time at Toledo. While there, his duties included scouting, coordinating an academic program, overseeing summer camps and on-floor coaching. He was also the program’s lead recruiter during his tenure.

Simon began his collegiate coaching career at Wayne State University, spending nearly a decade with the Warriors. He coached the men’s team for eight seasons - five seasons as an associate head coach and three seasons as an assistant coach. During this time, Wayne State posted eight straight winning seasons, and reached the Division II Final Four in 1993. The Warriors captured three conference titles and made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the Sweet 16.

After eight seasons there, Simon accepted a new challenge when he became the head women’s basketball coach at Wayne State. In his one season with the women’s team, Simon turned the program around by posting 13 wins. The team earned a conference tournament berth for the second time in history.

Simon began his coaching career in the high school ranks where he gained 10 years of experience (1981-91). He coached at Thurston High School in Redford, Mich., for six years and he was the varsity head coach for four years at Anderson High School in Southgate, Mich.

Simon received his bachelor’s degree in manufacturing technology from Eastern Michigan University in 1989, and his master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State in 1997.

Simon and his wife Donna have a daughter, Bobbie, and a son, Devin.

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