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Coordinator of Academic Support Jason Simms

- Updated 07/01/10 -

As Director of Academic Support, Jason Simms acts as an academic advisor to the Collegeís varsity athletes and is currently in his fourth year at William and Mary. Simms assists student-athletes in maintaining excellence in the classroom, scheduling classes, and assisting in future planning.

Simms brought a diverse background to the William and Mary Athletic Department from his work at Salisbury University. He acted as the Associate Dean of Admissions as well as the Director of Minority Recruitment. In regards to athletics, Simms worked as the Admissions Athletics Liaison and an Assistant Menís Basketball Coach for the SU Sea Gulls.

As an assistant basketball coach for Salisbury University, Simms advised and scheduled classes for athletes during registration periods, monitored mandatory study hall sessions, and provided academic guidance throughout the semester for athletes. During his work as the admissions-athletic liaison, he coordinated relationships between teams, coaching staff, and the enrollment management, as well as assisted the Director of Athletics with NCAA compliance and eligibility requirements.

Simms was also a member of the Board of Directors for Kids of Honor in Cambridge, Md., providing guidance to elementary and middle school-aged first generation college-bound students.

Simms attended Frostburg State University, graduating in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Administration. An excellent student athlete himself, he was a member of both the basketball and baseball teams at FSU from 1990-1994. He acted at team captain of the basketball team during the 1993-1994 season and received the team MVP award. Simms also captained the baseball team during the 1994 season while earning the baseball team MVP award in 1993 and 1994.

He earned his Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling in 2002 from the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore. Since then Simms has been a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as well as an active member of the National Association of Athletic Academic Advisors (N4A).

Simms resides in Williamsburg and enjoys working out and playing golf in his spare time.

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