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"We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Simmonds to the Siena Basketball family," commented Jaques. "Coach Jess is one of the most competitive people that I've had the chance to be around. We share similar mentors, as she played for both Coach Jabir at Providence and Coach McKeown at George Washington. Her professional playing experience overseas, coupled with her AAU coaching experience most recently with the Lady Choz, will be a great asset to our program. Most importantly, Jessica is a winner and I know our players will profit from her intensity and enthusiasm both on and off the court."
The first season with Simmonds brought about the Saints their best seeding in the MAAC Tournament since 2011. During her first season, Simmonds helped propel the team to thirteen conference victories for the most since 2003-04. The Saints boasted a six-game winning streak which was the longest since the 2003 season.
Simmonds has three years of head coaching experience on the AAU circuit. In addition to her time with the Lady Choz, she led the Team Takeover 15U AAU program during the 2013-14 season.
Simmonds brings two years of collegiate coaching experience with her, having served at both the Division I and junior college levels. She spent the 2011-12 season as a volunteer assistant at Hampton, where she helped guide the Lady Pirates to a 26-5 overall record, a MEAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Simmonds was also an assistant during the 2013-14 season at Chesapeake, where she played an integral role for a Skipjacks squad which won the NJCAA Division 11 Region XX Championship and finished the season ranked sixth nationally across the junior college ranks.
"I am thrilled and very grateful for the opportunity to work with Coach Jaques here at Siena College," said Simmonds. "Her vision of establishing a championship culture here at Siena is a journey that I am ecstatic to be a part of. My ultimate goal is to win championships, while helping develop these young ladies into becoming the best student athletes and people that they can be. The best is yet to come and I can't wait to get started."
Simmonds enjoyed a decorated collegiate playing career at both Providence (2001-03) and George Washington (2003-06), where she combined to appear in 116 games (110 starts) while totaling 1,279 points, 796 rebounds, 211 steals and 117 blocks. She was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team following her freshman season with the Friars in 2001-02, and was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection with the Colonials, earning Second Team recognition in 2004-05 and First Team distinction as a senior in 2005-06. A two-time team captain, Simmonds led GW to 46 wins and a pair of A-10 Regular Season Championships and NCAA Tournament victories in her two seasons playing for the program.
Simmonds played professionally for three seasons in Europe (2006-09) for Kastoria (Greece), Cesis (Latvia) and Mersin (Turkey). She was also a member of the Jamaican National Team which competed in a pre-Olympic qualifier in the Summer of 2007.
Simmonds graduated from George Washington in 2006 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in communications, and received an Associate's degree in Nursing from EPCI College of Technology in 2012. A native of Orange, N.J., Simmonds is the proud parent of five-year old, Nathaniel.