Tuesday, February 3 | 7:00 p.m. ET | Rupp Arena (23,000) | Lexington, Ky.
Chris Simmons is in his sixth season as head athletic trainer for men's basketball at the University of Kentucky. He reached the mountaintop in his third year in Lexington, assisting Kentucky to its eighth NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship and its 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four.
Over the last five seasons, Simmons has helped numerous players reach their NBA dreams. He helped UK make history when five Wildcats were drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Simmons was a member of a Tiger staff that helped direct Memphis to three consecutive record-setting seasons. In his first season, Memphis posted a 33-4 overall record, won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Men's Basketball Elite Eight.
En route to the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship game, Simmons' quick work on Derrick Rose's cut above his eye suffered in the NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional semifinal game against Michigan State aided the Tigers' postseason run. Rose finished the Michigan State game and had a tremendous performance against Texas in the South Regional final to claim the NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional MVP honor.
Prior to his time at Memphis, he spent the 2005-2006 basketball season as head athletic trainer/coordinator of basketball operations with the Arkansas RimRockers of the NBA Development League.
No stranger to the Southeastern Conference, Simmons earned his master's degree in 2004 from the University of Arkansas. During his tenure with the Razorbacks, he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with football.
Simmons is a 2002 graduate of the University of Memphis with his bachelor's degree and a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and National Academy of Sports Medicine.