Southern Miss running backs coach John Simon will be the new wide receivers coach for Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, according to sources.
It’s a return toward home for Simon, who grew up an hour away in his native Baton Rouge, La.
This past season was Simon’s third in his position at Southern Miss.
It was also his best, as the Golden Eagles had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Ito Smith (1,128 yards and 10 touchdowns on 171 carries) and Jalen Richard (1,098 yards and 14 touchdowns on 185 carries). The duo helped propel the program to the Conference USA championship game and its first bowl game since 2011.
Prior to Southern Miss, the 37-year-old Simon was at Franklin D. Roosevelt High in Dallas for five years, the last of which was as the school’s athletic director. Before that, he was the football team’s interim head coach and athletic director for a year after being assistant athletic director and coaching special teams and the secondary in 2010.
He was Roosevelt High’s assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 2009 and the school’s receivers coach in 2008. He’s also a renowned motivational speaker, who has his own nonprofit organization called I.M.A.G.E., which is focused on improving minority areas and speaking to at-risk youth.
Simon was a running back for the Tennessee Titans in 2002 and Washington Redskins in 2003. He played at Louisiana Tech from 1998 through 2001.
Hudspeth had a 4–8 record this past season, but before that had a 9–4 record in each of his first four seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette, all capped by New Orleans Bowl victories.