Cornell's Simmons named to D-III wrestling committee

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MOUNT VERNON - Cornell College announced Thursday that Associate Director of Athletics Dick Simmons has been named to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee. He becomes one of only four members in the country on the committee.

Simmons will start his role immediately and can be reappointed in Sept. 2012 when his term is complete. Simmons played a very key part in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships when the Iowa Conference, Coe and Cornell hosted them at the U.S. Cellular Center three straight years from 2008-10. He served as the tournament's Championships Director each year.

The Brooklyn native has been a key figure in the Rams athletics programs. Simmons, a 1990 graduate of William Penn in Oskaloosa, He has been at Cornell for more than two decades, starting the school's sports medicine program in 1991 and was the school's head athletic trainer for 17 years. For a little more than a decade, he has held various positions in the athletics department before taking his current post.

Below is the press release from Cornell College Sports Information:

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell College Associate Director of Athletics Dick R. Simmons has been selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee.

Simmons joins the four-person committee that is comprised of administrators and coaches. Simmons’ appointment is effective immediately through September 1, 2012. He will be eligible for reappointment at that time.

Simmons is entering his 21st year at Cornell. He was Championships Director for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships held in Cedar Rapids.

Simmons started Cornell’s sports medicine program in 1991 and served 17 years as head athletic trainer. He has held administrative roles as Assistant, Interim and Associate Director of Athletics at the college the past 11 years.

Simmons, a native of Brooklyn, graduated from William Penn College in 1990 with a double major in physical education and health.

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