Sources: American targeting Simpkins as next HC
12:14 PM ET Pete ThamelESPN American University is targeting George Mason assistant
Duane Simpkins as
the school’s next head coach, and a deal is anticipated to come together in the future, sources informed ESPN.Simpkins brings deep ties to the area from his time as an assistant, a high school coach and a star player at Maryland.Simpkins spent the past 8 years at George Mason and assisted draw top talent to the men’s basketball program under both Kim English and previous coach Dave Paulsen. He served 3 seasons at UNC Greensboro prior to signing up with Mason, a stint that included roles as both assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.Editor’s Picks< img src ="https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/photo/2023/0320/r1147629_1296x1296_1-1.jpg&w=130&h=130&scale=crop&location=center"width="
/ > He broke into college as Towson’s planner of basketball operations under Pat Skerry.Simpkins ‘regional ties consist of stints as the head high school coach at St. Albans in Washington D.C from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that he was at Sidwell Friends School from 2005 to 2007.
Simpkins was a McDonald’s All-American at the fabled DeMatha Catholic High School under Hall of Popularity coach Morgan Wootten. He later on starred at Maryland, where he was a three-year starter and group captain under Gary Williams.He would replace Mike Brennan, who went 125-166 over 10 seasons and was let go previously this week. American last reached the NCAA tournament in 2014, Brennan’s very first season.American ended up 17-15 this season, going 7-11 in the Patriot