Head coach Mitch Buonaguro welcomed Tyler Simms to his staff as the new director of in late May. Simms spent the last two seasons as the graduate assistant at Mercyhurst College.
"Tyler brings great energy and work ethic to our staff," Buonaguro said. "This position requires a lot of time and commitment, and Tyler has the right attitude. I'm confident he'll be a great addition to the program."
Simms assisted in all aspects of the Mercyhurst program, from on-court coaching, advanced scouting and recruiting to game preparation and individual player development. At Siena, Simms will also play a key role in many aspects of the program, playing a vital part in the oversight of the team's film exchange during the season.
Simms graduated in 2008 from Trinity College with a bachelor's degree in educational studies. He played four years at Trinity, and held the position of team captain in 2007-08. During his career, the Bantams went 79-25 and won the NESCAC tournament championship in 2007-08 for the first time in school history. Simms was named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team during his senior season and also earned the John Kelley Award for "commitment and sacrifice to his teammates and program."
Simms spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., a team which featured two Division I recruits and four other players who play in college.
He also held the position of program director for Basketball, LLC, a company that runs AAU and high school events for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. While with Basketball, LLC, he aided in the development and maintenance of the website "New England Hoop News."
During 2009, Simms held the positions of Director of Basketball Operations for the youth organization SECC All-Stars, a program aimed at developing youth on and off the court.
Simms has extensive experience helping with basketball summer camps. He coached at the Hoop Group Skills and Elite Camps, as well as the Bob Hurley Basketball Camp in Stroudsburg, Pa. from 2007 through 2010. In addition, he was on the staff for the prestigious Five-Star Basketball Camp in New York, N.Y. as well as the Bob McKillop Basketball Camp in Davidson, N.C. in the past few summers. From 2005 through 2010, Simms also served on the staff at the Hoop Mountain Basketball Camp in Beverley, Mass.