Saturday, June 06, 2009
Coach Ricky Simms, Jr. 1974 - 2009
This post is dedicated to the life of Coach Ricky Simms of Study Middle School. Coach Simms was the ISS teacher at Study and coached the 8th Grade Football, Basketball and Track programs there. We learned this week that Coach Simms passed away leaving many devastated students. Today Teresa and I attended his memorial service at Deliverance Temple here in Springfield along with about 1,000 other teachers, students, former students, administrators and family.
Coach Simms will be remembered for his love of the Study students, his smile and his competitiveness. He and his 8th grade football team brought Study the City Championship for the first time in 38 years this year. Judging from his teams emotions at today's service he was not only a good coach but a good mentor to these young men.
Coach you will be missed.
These picture were taken a few months ago at the Hillcrest Junior High City Basketball tournament. These pictures were hanging on Coach Simms office wall and were in the video shown at today's service. I only wish I had taken more.