“I am very humbled and very honored and it has some added measure (at least for me) from the standpoint of all the hard work, sweat and effort that went in to the opportunities I was given - the points stand as an end result. I would also hope that my parents can share in it because of sacrifices they made, getting me to all those practices and it means a lot that they are alive to enjoy it too,” Simmermon said.
He continued by saying that in those days, basketball was not only important to him, but the school and the entire community and the team’s focus was on preparing for Friday and Saturday night games.
“I remember having a key and my dad dropping me off at the gym at 6 a.m. long before school would start just so I could shoot. I had an inner drive to get better. Although basketball is a team sport, it is also a game that you can get better at by yourself. It takes work, a lot of work - you have to prepare, then you have to compete. Yes, I scored a lot of points, but somebody had to rebound, somebody had to dribble the ball down the court, set a pick or screen and somebody had to pass me the ball. It took all of us working together toward a common goal,” Simmermon said.
Following high school, Simmermon furthered his education at Trine University in Angola. In 2006, the 1975 Trine men’s basketball team, (of which Simmermon was a part) were inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame, for being the Mid Central and State Champions - something of which he is equally proud.
Once his playing days ended, Simmermon turned his attention to coaching for a number of years. During his tenure as a coach at Greenfield-Central, his teams won two sectional titles.