University of Idaho director of track and field/cross country announced the hiring of Allen Simms, a highly-decorated athlete and young coach, to an assistant position on his staff overseeing the Vandal jumps program in February of 2013.
In Simms, Idaho gets a national champion and multiple-time All-American jumper, an athlete who competed at multiple world championship competitions and a young coach who has already demonstrated his ability to succeed at a high level.
Simms has previous collegiate coaching stops at Davidson from 2008-11, where he worked with sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, and at Utica College in 2011, where he coached the school’s jumpers to five school records, two conference titles and two Eastern College Athletic Conference bids.
Simms holds an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Level III Jumps coaching certification and a USA Track & Field Level I coaching certification.
He was an NCAA Champion and six-time All-American at the University of Southern California from 2003-05. As a freshman in 2001, he was an All-American in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
He won the 2003 NCAA indoor triple title with a leap of 56-7.5 (17.26m), and broke the Pac-10 conference record and USC school record in the process. He finished the 2003 season ranked No. 4 in the United States in the triple jump. He’s also an inductee in the USC Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Simms was the 2005 NCAA runner-up in the outdoor triple jump (55-10.5). He won the 2004 Pac-10 title in the triple jump and swept the long and triple jumps at the NCAA West Region Championships, where he earned West Region Field Athlete of the Year honors.
Simms finished third at the 2010 USA Indoor Championships, sixth at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, sixth at the 2007 Pan American Games and was the runner-up at the 2004 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships (U23) in the triple jump.
As an athlete, Simms has career bests of 56-7.5 (17.26m) in the triple jump, 26-4.25 (8.03m) in the long jump and 6-6.75 (2.00m) in the high jump.
He represented the United States at the 2003 and 2005 (13th) World Outdoor Track and Field Championships and in 2004 and 2006 (11th) at the World Indoor Championships. He was the 2004 USA champion in the indoor triple jump with a mark of 55-4.75 (16.88m). In 2001, Simms swept the USA junior national titles in both the long and triple jumps – a feat that was unprecedented in the meet’s history.