Simcoe joins CU staff
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University wrestling coach Jarad Swint announced the hiring of former University of Findlay All-American Joey Simcoe as a full-time assistant coach for the Bulldog program beginning immediately.
 
Simcoe was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American at the University of Findlay in Ohio. He also made one appearance in the NAIA National Wrestling Championships as a freshman before Findlay made the move to Division II.
 
In his career he defeated multiple NCAA Division I All-Americans, including a current World Team member three times and a current NCAA Division I head coach by technical fall. Academically Simcoe graduated with a 3.45 cumulative grade-point-average, making the Dean’s list six semesters. As a senior he was named a Division II Academic All-American.
 
“Joey Simcoe is an awesome addition to our staff,” Swint said. “His passion for the sport and attitude in the practice room will quickly help us move closer to our goals.”
 
Simcoe was a two-time high school state place winner and hails from Johnstown, Ohio. He was selected a team captain twice at Findlay for head coach Shawn Nelson and graduated with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice in 2004.
 
Simcoe spent the next three years at Findlay as a volunteer assistant coach, helping the Roughnecks to fifth and sixth-place finishes at the NCAA Division II Championships in 2005 and 2006, respectively. He tutored 11 All-Americans and three national champions during his tenure at Findlay before moving on to serve as an assistant coach at McComb High School in McComb, Ohio during the 2008-09 academic year.
 
“Becoming a full time wrestling coach has been my dream and goal since I finished competing in 2004,” Simcoe said. “My family and I are ecstatic and cannot wait to make the transition. I believe Cumberland University wrestling is on the verge of winning a national title and I hope that I am lucky enough to come in and help make that happen.”
 

Cumberland begins the 2009-10 wrestling season November 3 at McKendree University.