Doug Simons
Doug Simons
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 706.419.1515 (office)
Phone: 423.827.6957 (cell)
Email: doug.simons@covenant.edu
Year: 15th
Alma Mater: Pepperdine University ('88)
Undergraduate Degree: (B.A.) Education

Doug Simons begins his 15th year as head baseball coach at Covenant in 2020-21. Simons is the second longest-tenured head coach at Covenant behind 27-year women's soccer head coach Mark Duble.

A former Major League Baseball player with the New York Mets (1991) and Montreal Expos (1992), Simons came to Covenant with 18 years of professional baseball experience as a player, coach, and scout.

Doug Simons action photo FAST FACTS

  • Years at Covenant (head coach): 14 (2007-present)
  • Overall record: 246-312 (.441)
  • Conference record: 97-140 (.409)
  • National Tournament appearances: 2 (NCCAA - 2013; NCAA - 2014)
  • Conference regular season titles: 1 (USA South - 2014)

PROGRAM ACCOLADES

  • 6 All-American selections
  • 19 All-USA South honorees (7 first team selections)
  • 9 All-Region choices in NCAA era (7 ABCA All-South Region; 2 D3baseball.com All-South Region)
  • 10 USA South Player of the Week selections
  • 91 USA South All-Academic honorees (through 2019-20)
  • 127 overall conference all-academic selections (through 2019-20)
  • 5 USA South Team Sportsmanship Awards

PROGRAM NOTES

  • 5 consecutive 20-plus win seasons from 2010-2014
  • 1st win in modern era: Feb. 17, 2007 (W, 9-1 at Johnson Bible)
  • 100th win in modern era: Feb. 9, 2013 (W, 4-3 vs. Berea)
  • 200th win in modern era: March 24, 2017 (W, 3-2 at William Peace)

QUOTABLE

"We are a Christ-centered program," Simons said about his program. "We want to give the young men in our program the opportunity to grow in Christ, get a great education and develop into players who could play at the next level."

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

In 2014, Simons led his program to its first-ever conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Scots claimed the USA South regular season title on the final day of the season and earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament where they were seeded sixth in the South Regional. Eight players from that team were selected to an All-USA South team, including five first team selections.

In his 11th year at the helm of the program in 2017, Simons recorded his 200th career coaching victory when the Scots defeated William Peace 3-2 on March 24. Covenant had three All-USA South selections in 2017, led by two first team choices.

In 2007, Simons' program had its first varsity season since the 1980s. The Scots produced just six wins in each of the first two years and 15 wins the third year. Since 2010, Covenant has finished at or above .500 six times with a modern era record 28 wins in 2013. The 2013 team was selected to its first NCCAA World Series appearance.

PLAYING CAREER

Simons is a 1988 graduate of Pepperdine University, in his native California. During his three years at Pepperdine, Simons accumulated 28 wins, 18 complete games, five shutouts and, at one point, pitched 30.2 consecutive scoreless innings (still an all-time Pepperdine record). Drafted twice (1987 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and 1988 with the Minnesota Twins), Simons started his professional career after getting his bachelor's degree in education.

BEFORE COVENANT

Simons came on staff in 2005 to restart the intercollegiate baseball program which had been dormant since the 1980s.

Simons came to Covenant after spending 18 years in professional baseball. He played in the major leagues with the New York Mets (1991) and the Montreal Expos (1992). Most of his professional career was spent in the minor leagues where he accumulated 72 wins, 20 complete games, and made three all-star teams (1989 California League, 1990 Southern League, and 1995 Texas League). Simons played in the minor league organizations of the Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, and Houston Astros.

He also played professionally overseas in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Italy. After his playing days ended in 1997, Simons spent four years as a pitching coach in the New York Mets organization and then four years as a full-time area scout with the Texas Rangers.

FAMILY

He and his wife, Julie, have four children: Brian (Covenant '13), KC (Covenant '15), Kirsten (Ricketts) and Paige (junior at Covenant). The family lives on Lookout Mountain, Ga., and attends Rock Creek Fellowship Church.

YEAR-BY-YEAR

2007: 6-34 (2-16 AAC)
2008: 6-37 (2-16 AAC)
2009: 15-35 (8-16 AAC)
2010: 21-21 (13-14 AAC)
2011: 27-16
2012: 24-20 (5-7 GSAC)
2013: 28-19
2014: 26-15 (19-8 USA South)
2015: 15-23 (11-16 USA South)
2016: 23-17 (9-8 USA South)
2017: 14-24 (6-12 USA South)
2018: 13-25 (7-11 USA South)
2019: 17-22 (9-13 USA South)
2020: 11-4 (6-0 USA South)