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Simmons leaving HHS for Graves County

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Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Mon Aug 9, 2010.

Hopkinsville High School will begin the search for boys’ basketball coach and an athletic director after Jim Simmons accepted the Graves County High School athletic director position Tuesday morning.

A story in the Mayfield Messenger today said Simmons was formally introduced as the school’s new athletic director at the board office in Mayfield.

“He’s who I wanted from day one when I took the principal’s job,” Graves County Principal R.B. Mays old the Mayfield paper. “I called him last year and offered him the job.”

Simmons said it was the toughest decision he’s ever had to make.

“It was easy coming to Hopkinsville from Graves,” Simmons told the New Era in a phone interview early Tuesday afternoon. “This has really torn me up the last month. It really has worn on me more than anything I’ve ever done in basketball or anything.”

Simmons led Hopkinsville’s basketball team to a 21-9 record last season and a spot in the Region 2 tournament.

In four years at Hoptown, Simmons posted a 69-37 record after coming to the Tigers from Graves County where he was a longtime assistant under Allan Hatcher.

A Golconda, Ill., native, Simmons is a 1983 graduate of Murray State University. He served as an assistant coach and a head coach at Crittenden County High School before joining Hatcher at Graves County.

“I have been torn for some time, but it (Graves) is like home for me,” Simmons said. “I have a lot of friends there and it is closer to my home and my mother. It’s just time to go home.”

HHS Principal Demetria Choice said both the athletic director and basketball coaching jobs will be advertised and a search committed will be formed to help select the right candidate for both positions.

“We just hate to lose him,” Choice said. “He did an outstanding job and put in a lot of hours in just his A.D. job alone.”

Simmons said he officially started his new job July 1 but could be on the job in Graves doing some things as early as Wednesday. He does plan to be with the school’s baseball team next week at the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament.

Joe Wilson can be reached by telephone at 887-3260 or by e-mail at

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