Lizzy Simonin Named @MemphisWSoccer Assistant Coach
March 18, 2014
"We are ecstatic to have Lizzy join our coaching staff," Monaghan said. "Once we found out that Jodi (Grant) was leaving, we knew we had huge shoes to fill and Lizzy was my first choice. Having coached Lizzy, I know she has all the qualities that I look for on my staff. She brings true passion and loyalty to this program."
"I think Lizzy brings a ton to this position and I believe she will be able to relate to our players extremely well with how recent she played here. She's experienced everything that our players have. I think she will help the girls in numerous ways both on and off the field. The best word to describe Lizzy is, WINNER. Her addition will keep this program at a high level and continue the program's rise to national prominence."
A two-year captain, Simonin helped the 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.
"I'm thrilled to begin my coaching career at the University of Memphis," Simonin said. "The direction of the program coupled with the amount of support from the coaching staff made it easy to come back. Jodi is irreplaceable because of what she has done for this program as a player and a coach. I am excited for this opportunity to serve as a mentor and coach to these girls and to see their progression as student-athletes."
Simonin replaces assistant coach Jodi Fisher Grant who stepped down after 18-years of dedication to the program. Grant suited up for the first squad in 1996 and began her coaching tenure in 2000.
"Some people in life are irreplaceable and Jodi is one of those," Monaghan said. "Jodi was here when the program started as a player and she is a hall of famer as a player and in my eyes a hall of famer as an assistant coach. In my eyes, Lizzy is the perfect replacement for Jodi and it's the easiest transition for this program. You can't replace all the experience and everything that Jodi brought, but you try to get as close as you can to matching that because we have had a good thing going here for years. We knew we had big shoes to fill and Lizzy is the perfect candidate to fill those. We wish Jodi and her family all the best and we'll always remember that Jodi will be this program's No. 1 fan."