By George Slaughter
Simmons had served on the Cinco Ranch coaching staff since 2000, and as defensive coordinator since 2004.
Simmons comes into a good situation at Taylor. Last year’s squad made it to the area round of the playoffs before losing to Langham Creek and finishing with a 6-5 record. The Mustangs have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.
Simmons is from Nederland. He played his college football at Lamar University. Last February, he applied for the Nederland coaching job. With Taylor, he and his family get to remain in the Katy community.
Simmons succeeds Joe Sheffy, who had been promoted to interim coach following the reassignment of then-coach Trey Hermann.
KISD had placed Hermann on leave August 18 but said it was unrelated to Herrmann’s role with students. KISD said additional information on Herrmann’s situation could not be provided because it is a personnel matter.
Hermann is now coaching football and teaching physical education at Seven Lakes Junior High School.
Hermann took over the Mustangs in 2014 and led them to an 8-4 record and a playoff berth that season. He finished his Mustangs tenure with a 21-14 record in three-plus seasons.
Sheffy was an assistant on Hermann’s staff when he was named interim coach. Sheffy is a former head coach at Mayde Creek High School. He later worked in school district administration.