who has been an integral part of the Syracuse lacrosse program for most of his life, retired, June 30. 2022,
"For me, this job was always about my involvement with young people and the opportunity to mentor as well as coach them," Simmons said. "Those relationships have evolved into lifelong friendships that have continued across alumni of all generations of Syracuse lacrosse. While it's now time to move on to another stage of my life in retirement, I'm forever grateful for the opportunity at Syracuse University. I will always cherish the friendships I've made, the teams I've been part of and the program that it has become."
Simmons III is the third of four generations of the legendary lacrosse family that have coached and/or played for the Orange. Simmons' retirement concludes a full century that at least one member of the family has been part of the Syracuse lacrosse program as either a player or staff member. In that time, the first family of 'Cuse lacrosse, were
part of 877 victories – more than all but one other program in NCAA DI lacrosse history.
"The Simmons family has been a huge part of my career and their legacy that ties generations of Syracuse lacrosse players together is something that makes this program so special," said head coach Gary Gait. "Roy III was an assistant coach during my playing career and it was an honor to have him on staff for my first year as head coach. He has been a key figure of Syracuse lacrosse in different roles over the years, helping build the tradition we have here,