Coach Simmermacher came to East Ridge High School from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) in Daphne, Alabama where he was the Chair of Sports Coaching. Prior to his arrival at USSA he spent time as an Instructor/Head Baseball Coach at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), a Division I junior college in Roswell, NM. Prior to NMMI he spent time at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama restarting their junior college baseball program to compete in the Alabama Community College Conference.
From 1990-2005 Coach Simmermacher was a physical education, special education teacher/coach in the Plymouth, Wynford, and Crestline School Districts in Ohio. During his time at Crestline he was the head coach of the golf (2000-2005), boy’s (2000) and girl’s (2004-2005) basketball coach, and baseball (2005) programs. From 1995-1997 Coach Simmermacher he was an assistant baseball coach at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. In his first year as an assistant the program took their first ever trip to the Division II Baseball World Series in Montgomery, Alabama. Throughout his time at Ashland he coached the outfielders and pitchers and was also an integral part of the recruiting process. In his final season at Ashland he was named the interim head coach half-way through the season and the team finished 15-7 under his direction. While in Ohio he was the head baseball coach at Shelby High School for four seasons and had an overall record of 79-32, a .711 winning percentage, won two league championships, two sectional and district championships, one regional championship, and made it to the state final four in his initial season.
Coach Simmermacher played at the University of South Alabama (1981-1983) for Eddie Stanky and the University of West Florida (1984-1986) for Jim Spooner during his collegiate years. Upon completion of his playing career at West Florida he signed a professional contract with the Seattle Mariner Baseball Club. He played one season in Bellingham, Washington and was part of the 1986 Northwest League Champions. He was a left-handed relief pitcher while playing professionally.
When his playing career ended he joined the United States Air Force in 1987 and retired in 2008 from the United States Air Force Reserve with 20 years of service.
VISION: Coach Simmermacher’s vision for the East Ridge Knights baseball program is to develop, train, and enhance our player’s academics and baseball skills through values such as passion, integrity, and teamwork.