NC State head coach Pat Popolizio has announced the hiring of Melissa Simmons as the Pack’s Director of Operations. A former national champion, Simmons joins the Pack after previously serving as an assistant coach at Oklahoma City University.
“Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program,” said Popolizio. “Her time at USA Wrestling and her coaching experience will be a valuable resource for our athletes. Her involvement in our day-to-day operations will help elevate the NC State Wrestling program in all aspects.”
Simmons wrestled at Oklahoma City during her collegiate career. She helped OCU capture three of its four team national championships and three of its five NWCA National Duals titles from 2009-11.
Simmons went 73-18 with 42 falls. She became the 2008 72-kilogram national champion, then the 2010 82-kilo national runner-up. After finishing third place at 158 pounds as a junior, Simmons competed on the U.S. World Team.
Originally from Ridgefield, Wash., Simmons gained seven national titles and all-American honors competing as a youth. She trained at the U.S. Olympic Education Center prior to her collegiate career.
Simmons graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2010 with a B.S. degree in kinesiology and exercise science.