Charleston Southern names Charles Simmons new strength and conditioning coach

Charleston Southern names Charles Simmons new strength and conditioning coach

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern Athletic Director Jeff Barber announced Charles Simmons has been named the new head strength and conditioning coach on Tuesday afternoon.

Simmons comes to the Buccaneers after coaching stops at California, Baylor, Texas, and most recently Virginia Tech.

"I am very excited to have Charles join our athletic family," Barber said. "He has worked around some great strength coaches and has built a powerful reputation amongst his peers."

Charles Simmons spent two years as a member of the Virginia Tech strength and conditioning staff. During his time with the Hokies, he coordinated the strength and conditioning aspects of the VT football program.

He helped supervise, instruct, and demonstrate the execution of biomechanics of running and weight lifting. He also cultivated a positive training environment that encouraged team building, accountability, discipline, and a strong work ethic.

"I definitely want to thank the Lord for the opportunity and wisdom for this," Simmons said. "I'd also like to thank my wife, my little girl, and all of my mentors who have given me opportunities and helped me along the way. I'd also like to thank Athletic Director Jeff Barber for this opportunity to lead the program at CSU."

Prior to his time at the University of Texas in the spring of 2017, Simmons spent the 2016 season at Baylor where he worked with football, cross country, volleyball, soccer, and equestrian. 

The San Antonio native broke into the field as an intern at SMU, where earned his first full-time position directing and implementing programs for the equestrian, women's track and sprint teams. He then moved to California – Berkeley where he assisted with Cal's football, baseball and rugby teams.

Simmons earned his degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M Kingsville in 2010 where he was also a member of the football team. He later took classes in sport management from LSU in 2015.

Simmons is certified by the NSCA and CSCCa, as well as the American Heart Association. 

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