Grambling State University has named Courtney Simmons as its new head women’s basketball coach.

“This is an exciting moment for Grambling State University women’s basketball as we welcome Courtney Simmons and her family to Exit 81! Coach Simmons is a mentor to young women, and a consistent winner with an impressive body of work,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Trayvean Scott in a statement.”

“Her previous experience gives her an understanding of our winning tradition and I am confident that she is the coach to return our program to prominence within the SWAC and nationally. Everything that we were looking for in a leader for our women’s basketball program, we found in Courtney.” Scott continued.”

Credit: Grambling Athletics

Simmons joins Grambling State after 10 seasons at Troy University, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

During her time at Troy, Simmons helped guide the Trojans to five Sun Belt Championships and six postseason berths, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. She worked primarily with the guards, proving to be instrumental in Troy being among the best-scoring teams in the country.

Simmons also helped numerous student-athletes earn All-Sun Belt honors including eight first team honors.

In addition, during Simmons’ tenure at Troy, the Trojans have consistently ranked at, or near the top, in numerous statistical categories. Since her first season in 2013-14, Troy has led the Sun Belt in scoring average per game every season.

Before Troy, Simmons served as an assistant coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas for two seasons where she was the recruiting coordinator and signed two nationally ranked recruiting classes. Her coaching career dates back to 2008-09, as she served as an assistant coach at Louisiana and was named the Ragin’ Cajuns recruiting coordinator in 2009-10.

A Baton Rouge native, Simmons played basketball at the University of Louisville, with two NCAA Tournament appearances and a Sweet 16 appearance. Simmons received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Louisville in 2008.

Scott says Simmons’ experience and impressive track record made her the perfect fit for Grambling.

“She is a woman of high character who is a proven recruiter, and winner that creates unparalleled student-athlete experiences. In our conversations, it became clear that she has a vision for GSU Women’s Basketball and her enthusiasm and tenacity will rally the #GramFam around our women’s basketball program.” 

Grambling will hold an introductory press conference for Simmons on April 12th 12 p.m. inside the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The press conference will also be streamed on HBCU League Pass.