Johnny Simmons enters his first season as the Director of Player Development for the Jaguars.
Prior to joining the Jaguar Staff, Simmons spent years as the Head Coach at Union Parish High School.
While an assistant at La Tech the Bulldogs notched winning records in all four seasons since Simmons joined the program, including 2001-02's 22-10 mark. During the 2001-02 season, Simmons joined head coach Keith Richard in guiding the Bulldogs to a postseason bid in the NIT, Tech's first postseason action in 10 years. Simmons' main responsibilities with the Louisiana Tech program was to assist with recruiting and on the floor coaching as well as scheduling.
Prior to joining the Bulldog staff, Simmons spent 10 years as the head coach at Farmerville High School from 1988-98. During his time there, the Orangemen won five district championships in Class 3A. He helped produce 19 all-district players, six district MVPs and five all-state players while head coach at FHS. Six of his former players have gone on to play Division I basketball. That includes former Farmer and Bulldog Antonio Meeking who went to preseason camp with the Milwaukee Bucks. Simmons is also the uncle of current Tech player Paul Millsap.
Simmons is a 1984 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor's degree in general studies. Before joining the coaching profession, Simmons spent five years in the banking profession.
Simmons attended Downsville High School where he played basketball and baseball. He was named all-district in both sports his senior year and led the baseball team to the state finals that season.
The Ruston, La. native is married to the former Patricia Williams of Ruston. The Simmons' have four children -- Lakia, Reggie, Dinia and Jonis.