Friday, April 13, 2012

Duane Simpkins New UNCG Assistant Coach

According to Towson University Head Coach Pat Skerry, Duane Simpkins has taken an assistant coaching position at UNCG. Multiple sources on Twitter are also confirming this hire.

Simpkins (Maryland `96) spent this past season as the Tigers' Coordinator of Basketball Operations. Before going to Towson, Simpkins spent 4 seasons as the coach of the Washington, DC area private school St. Albans. Before that he coached another area private school, Sidwell Friends School.

At Maryland, Duane was a three time All-ACC honorable mention selection at PG. He helped take Maryland to consecutive NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" births. From his Towson bio ...

At College Park he scored 1,123 points for a 9.4 average over a 119-game career that included 90 starts. His 483 career assists rank him fifth on Maryland's all-time list. He's among the Terps top 20 with 120 career steals. A solid free throw shooter, his .812 (311-383) percentage ranks him sixth in program history at the charity stripe.

Simpkins also spent many years playing professional basketball overseas. He retired in 2004.

Before going to the University of Maryland, he was a two time Parade All-America PG at famed DeMatha HS. In 1992, he was named a McDonald's All-American.