Memphis set for games against Oklahoma State and Texas Tech
Davis third Lady Tiger in five years to be named a candidate
Lady Tigers alum brings wealth of experience and leadership to position
Lizzy Simonin begins her first season as an assistant coach for head coach Brooks Monaghan's staff.
A two-year captain, Simonin helped the Memphis program rise to national prominence in 2011. That season, Simonin was a first team All-American selection as the Lady Tigers climbed to as high as No. 3 in national polls while finishing the season 22-1-1 ranked No. 9 in the final polls.
An exemplary student-athlete, Simonin earned the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in 2011 as she was recognized for her achievements and loyalty to the University of Memphis. Simonin, a two-time conference defensive player of the year, was a Dean's List honoree each semester as an undergrad and earned Academic All-America honors in 2010 and 2011.
Simonin, the 2008 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, began her career as a forward, but injuries helped pave a move to defender in the final two years of her career. The Lee's Summit, Mo. Native finished her career with 22 goals and 15 assists to total 59 points in 84 games played. Over her four-year career, the Lady Tigers compiled a record of 68-17-5, winning four-straight conference championships.
After earning her bachelor's degree in physical education teacher education, Simonin elected to return to the Kansas City area to pursue her master's degree. Simonin posted a 3.81 grade-point average at Memphis before earning the master's degree in higher education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Lizzy served as a graduate assistant coach in her two years at UMKC.