Simmons comes to Ruston after spending the past two years as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at the perennial NJCAA power in Athens, Texas.
"The thing about Courtney that is so special is her ability to recruit," Weatherspoon said. "She has done a tremendous job of bringing in great talent everywhere she has been. That is due to the hard work of putting in the time and effort to research and find the right student-athletes. She has a very good understanding of young people, which is good for me as a head coach. She will give a lot of positive feedback to them, on and off the floor.
"It's good when you have someone that is excited to be a part of your program. She is excited to be here, and she has brought some great team-building ideas. She will also help us with our community service program. She will be a great help to Sara in developing our guards. She is a bright young lady and an up-and-coming coach."
Simmons main responsibilities for the Lady Techsters will include on-the-floor-coaching with an emphasis on guard development, recruiting, scouting, and heading up the program's community service efforts.
The Baton Rouge native, who played collegiately at Trinity Valley for one year and Louisville for two years, helped guide the Cardinals to the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship title this past season as well as back-to-back appearances in the national title game (TVCC fell in the championship game in 2011).
Simmons was instrumental in signing a pair of nationally ranked recruiting classes during her time at TVCC, including signing the 2012 NJCAA National Player of the Year in Sha'Kayla Caples and a 2012 Kodak All-American in Keuna Flax.
Simmons also spent a two-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2008 through 2010. In addition to her coaching duties at Louisiana-Lafayette, Simmons also signed the 7th rated junior college player in the country in Danyell Oliver while with the Ragin' Cajuns.
As a player, Simmons helped lead TVCC to a 32-3 record in 2005-06, a Region XIV Conference regular season and tournament championships and a sixth place finish in the national tournament after transferring from Tulane.
Upon leaving TVCC, she went on to play two seasons at Louisville, where she received her degree in communications. At Louisville, she played in 30 games, helping the Cardinals to a 26-10 season record and 10-6 Big East mark. Simmons helped Louisville post victories over three ranked teams in her final season - No. 5 Rutgers, No. 13 West Virginia and No. 25 DePaul.
Simmons is fluent in sign language and volunteered at the 2007 Mini Deaf Olympics. She also volunteered at the 2007 Scotlandville Alumni Association Basketball Clinic and the 2003 and 2006 Southland Girls All-Star Basketball Camp.
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