Roger Lee Simmons
Assistant Head Coach
Coach Simmons brings with him an impressive list of accomplishments, both in and out of the water, including 11 years of competitive swimming for the Sioux Falls YMCA where from the age of 12 he consistently placed in the top 3 at Districts as well as Regionals. He was also a member of two YMCA Nationally Qualified relay teams, both in his Junior and Senior years in High School. After graduation he went on to swim one year at the University of Wyoming, where he swam mostly long distance events. Finding he was not quite ready to stay in school, coach Simmons joined the Navy where for 6 years he swam on several Naval Base Swim Teams and qualified to swim in 3 all Navy Regional Meets where he placed first in the 200 back, 800 Free, and the 1500 Free and was part of two winning relays. After his discharge from the Navy, Coach Simmons returned to Sioux Falls, SD and swam for the Prairie Masters Swim Team for 3 years.
Coach Simmons’s coaching career began in 1975 shortly after leaving the Navy. He was the Head Coach for the Sioux Falls YMCA team for three years, averaging from 50-60 swimmers. In the years that followed Roger was busy with a growing family and other careers that were necessary for the upbringing of his family. In 1994 because of a shoulder injury, Coach Simmons was able to return to coaching when he was hired by the Sioux Falls SnowFox Swim Team as an assistant age group coach. Responsibilities included coaching Junior, Junior Advanced and Senior swimmers. After one year as the assistant coach for the SnowFox Swim Team, Coach Simmons started his own team “Sioux Falls Seals”. “I really did not start out to form a whole new team; I just did not want my kids to be subjected to the harsh treatment they were getting from the Head Coach” In a very short period of time the team grew to 40+ swimmers and even had a swimmer from the Ukraine become part of the team while he was in Sioux Falls, SD as an exchange student. During his time as Owner and Head Coach of the Sioux Falls Seals he was selected to be Head Coach of the South Dakota All-Star Team two years in a row, and was selected as Head Coach for the South Dakota Central Zone Team. In April of 2000 he was offered a position as Head Coach and Supervisor of Learn to Swim Program for the Watertown Dolphins. Again he was selected for SD All-Star Coach and Central Zones Coach. In 2005 Coach Simmons moved his family to Brookfield, Ct where he was hired as Head Coach/Assistant Aquatic Director for the Regional YMCA of Western CT Mako’s