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Southern Utah’s Todd Simon Named Big Sky Conference Coach Of The Year

Mar 9, 2021, 2:44 PM | Updated: 2:44 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Southern Utah men’s basketball head coach Todd Simon was named the 2020-21 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.

The Big Sky honored Simon on Tuesday, March 9.

This season, Simon led the Thunderbirds to their first Big Sky title with a 12-2 record in conference play.

“What Coach Simon has accomplished at Southern Utah University in such a relatively short amount of time is amazing,” Southern Utah athletic director Debbie Corum said. “He took over a struggling program, and turned it into a winner, then a champion. The passion and love he has for the student-athletes is unmatched. He has cared about every aspect of his student-athletes and that is the best part of this championship. It was like watching someone build a very fine house brick-by-brick and paying attention to every detail.”

Southern Utah currently owns a 19-3 overall record.

The Thunderbirds will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky tourney.

SUU will play the winner of the game between No. 9 Sacramento State and No. 8 Northern Colorado on Thursday, March 11 at 11 a.m. (MDT).

About Todd Simon

Following a successful career as a high school coach, Simon returned to UNLV as an assistant coach in 2013.

He previously coached with the Rebels from 2004-06.

In 2016, Simon served as UNLV’s interim head coach.

After his time with the Rebels, Southern Utah hired Simon as the Thunderbirds’ head coach in 2016.

Following some struggles in his first two seasons, Simon has turned the T-Birds into a consistent winner.

Two seasons ago, SUU posted a .500 record. Last season, the T-Birds went 17-15.

Southern Utah signed Simon to a contract extension in December 2019.

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