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Derek Simmons

 
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Simmons enters his third season at Indiana and will continue to work with the hitters and coach the infielders.

The recruiting coordinator title will also be added to his title, a role he has seen success in during his career.

The 12-year coaching veteran returns to the recruiting trail, where he has thrived in previous stops, with two top 25 recruiting class to go along with three other “top classes” per Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Duluth, Georgia, native was also named to Baseball America’s Coaches to Watch list in 2018 and 2019.

His time in Bloomington has seen a shortened 2020 season and a program-record 26 Big Ten victories during the conference-only schedule in 2021.

During the 2021 season, Indiana’s 44-game Big Ten-only schedule led to just the second season in program history with 20-plus conference wins. The 26 victories topped the 21 victories by the 2014 team in the conference’s customary 24-game slate.

Offensively, Grant Richardson was among the Big Ten leaders in hits (No. 4; 58), total bases (No. 8; 93) and batting average (No. 13; .322). Cole Barr ranked No. 10 among conference hitters with 36 RBIs and Paul Toetz led all B1G hitters with 18 doubles during the year.

Barr started the final 119 games of his career at shortstop and was a 15th round pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft. Richardson followed as a17th round selection by the New York Yankees.

The Hoosiers finished the 2020 campaign 9-6 overall with road wins over No. 11 LSU, No. 30 South Alabama, and No. 17 East Carolina. IU also defeated in-state rival Purdue, 17-2, in seven innings, before the 2020 season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Simmons spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State (2018-19), where helped land the second-highest recruiting class in program history during the 2018-19 cycle. He served as the recruiting coordinator for the Golden Flashes and worked with the position players and hitters.

The 2019 Kent State freshman class entered as the No. 25-ranked class in the country per Collegiate Baseball. During his final two seasons at KSU, Simmons was named one of 20 assistant coaches nationwide named to Baseball America’s Coaches to Watch List in 2018 and 2019 and one of 30 assistant coaches invited to the Surefire Baseball Forum for elite assistants in January 2018 and 2019.