Chris Simmons begins his third season as head athletic trainer for men's basketball at the University of Kentucky after serving three seasons in a similar position at the University of Memphis.
Simmons was a member of the Tiger staff that helped direct Memphis to three consecutive record-setting seasons. While at Memphis, he was involved in all aspects of the Tigers' day-to-day medical and rehabilitative needs.
In his first year on staff in 2006-07, Memphis posted a 33-4 overall record, won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. In fact, Simmons' around-the-clock aid on Chris Douglas-Roberts' sprained ankle in between the NCAA Tournament second round and the region semifinal got the Tiger guard ready for action with only a three-day turnaround.
En route to the NCAA title contest in the 2007-08 season, Simmons' quick work on Derrick Rose's cut above his eye suffered in the South Region 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 regional final to claim the NCAA South Region MVP honor.
In the summer of 2008, Simmons also served as athletic trainer for the Conference USA All-Star team that played a three-game exhibition tour against the Chinese National Team in China.
Prior to his time at Memphis, Simmons spent the 2005-06 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 in 2004 from the University of Arkansas. During his tenure with the Razorbacks, he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for football.
Prior to his time at Arkansas, he served as an athletic training intern with the National Football League's Cleveland Browns. Simmons is a 2002 graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science.
The native of McComb, Miss., is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.