Bowling Green hires SUU’s Todd Simon as next head coach

Bowling Green announced on Wednesday the hiring of Todd Simon as the Falcons’ new head coach. Simon is a Michigan-native who has been the head coach at Southern Utah since 2016, going 118-106 overall and 65-28 over the last three seasons. He was named the Big Sky COY and Jim Phelan COY in 2021.

“The BGSU family is excited to welcome Coach Todd Simon, his wife, Kati and his family to our community,” AD Derek van der Merwe said in a statement. “The Falcon community will soon see and experience what I have learned through this search process. He is a coach who wants to be here. He is highly respected by his peers around the country. He is a coach who is committed to the student-athlete, the student experience and truly values the educational process. He embraces the academic mission of the University. He knows how to build a successful program, and he loves to win!”

This will be the first coaching job in the Midwest for Simon since he was a varsity assistant and JV head coach at Harrison Community HS in 2002-03. In addition to his time at SUU, Simon had two stints at UNLV under head coaches Lon Kruger (2004-06) and Dave Rice (2013-16). In between, he worked at Findlay Prep in Nevada, going 35-1 as the head coach in 2012-13. He was also the interim head coach at UNLV for the last 17 games of the Rebs’ 2015-16 season, going 9-8 overall.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the next head coach at Bowling Green State University,” said Simon. “My family and I look forward to being servant leaders to our student-athletes, to our campus and to the Bowling Green community. We are dedicated to developing our young men in the program both on and off the court, and we are excited to get to Bowling Green to start building relationships. We are going to bring an intense and exciting brand of up-tempo basketball to the Stroh Center and have an expectation to build one of the best home court advantages in the nation.”

For SUU, associate head coach Flynn Clayman has been tabbed to lead the Thunderbirds in the upcoming CBI.


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