Athletic Hall of Fame

Harold Simons

Harold Simons

Sport(s): Basketball

Graduating Class: 1969

Induction Class: 2005

Has earned two Eastern Michigan University degrees, a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a master's degree in 1971...Served EMU as an athlete and coach in two sports, men's basketball and men's golf...Earned three varsity basketball letters (1965-68) and finished his career with 698 points...Helped lead EMU to a second-place finish in the 1966 President's Athletic Conference with an 11-1 record...Served as co-captain of the 1967-68 team that won the NAIA District championship and advanced to the NAIA national tournament...Played on EMU basketball teams that were 53-19 during his three seasons...After completing his undergraduate degree he went on to become an assistant men's basketball coach at EMU from 1968-76 and head men's golf coach from 1970-72...the first African-American coach in both positions...Coached the 1969-70 men's golf team to 14th place in the NAIA and 18th in the NCAA-College Division nationals...The 1970-71 golf team finished 11th in the NCAA-College Division and his 1971-72 team went 10-1 in dual-meet action during the year and finished sixth in the NCAA-College Division...Selected as EMU's Alumni Golfer of the Year in 1996...Went on to become a highly successful boys' basketball and golf coach at Ann Arbor Huron High School.

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