Another charter member of Mike Leach's staff, Dennis Simmons enters his 10th year at Texas Tech and second on the coaching staff. Simmons was appointed to the wide receivers coaching position prior to the 2008 campaign and was Leach's chief of staff from 2005-07.
Simmons stepped into a vital role on the offensive side and inherited the nation's leading receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner Michael Crabtree. Crabtree repeated as Biletnikoff winner under Simmons' watch and was named a unanimous consensus All-American for the second straight season. Crabtree, only a redshirt sophomore in 2008, was drafted No. 10 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Simmons' group, led by Crabtree's 97 receptions, 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns, accounted for 31 of the team's 47 receiving touchdowns. The 31 scores by the wide receivers alone were more than 107 Division I teams' total receiving touchdowns a year ago.
Simmons returns a talented group in 2009, led by Lyle Leong, a young talented receiver who caught 18 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Edward Britton also is back for his senior season. The speedy receiver scored six times last season on 35 receptions.
A former three-year starter at Brigham Young University, Simmons had been the assistant athletics director/quality control for the football program. Previously, Simmons' responsibilities included scheduling and coordinating recruiting visits and coordinating the Texas Tech Football Camps. He also handled player personnel issues and ran the Texas Tech Football Outreach Program and community service initiatives. Simmons is still the staff huddle leader for the FCA chapter and served as the academic liaison.
Additionally, Simmons was involved on campus with President's Select, the Saddle Tramps, Goin' Band from Raiderland and spirit squads when it pertains to recruiting and also served on the Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund Board.
Simmons came to Texas Tech from Cornell University, where he coached the running backs and was assistant athletics director and chief of staff. Prior to Cornell, he served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, BYU, in 1997, working with the offensive line and special teams.
Simmons graduated from BYU in December 1996 with a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast communications. Twice named to the dean's list, Simmons earned four letters and was a three-year starter at outside linebacker. He helped the Cougars win four straight Western Athletic Conference titles and played in four bowl games, including the Cotton Bowl, Copper Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Aloha Bowl.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Simmons earned his master's degree in educational leadership in August 1999 from BYU. He served as an NFL Minority Fellowship intern with the Buffalo Bills during the summer of 1999. Simmons and his wife, Kristy, live in Lubbock. They are the proud parents of a baby girl, Kendyll, born in July 14, 2009.