Meet Our Coaches

We’re led by a World Class wrestler

Nick Simmons:

Nick Simmons:

Also Known As "The E.L. Strangler"
2015 Greater Lansing Hall of Fame Inductee
7x US National Team Member
2x Olympic Alternant
2011 World Championships 5th place
Pan Am Champ 2005
2x World Cup Team Member
2010 U.S. Open Champ
3x University World Team Member
University World Games 5th place
MSU Male Athlete of Year
3x MSU Team Captain
4x NCAA All-American
3x Big 10 Champ
MSU All Time Falls Leader 47
3x Jr. National Freestyle Champ, 4x Finalist
2x Asics First Team Member
Dapper Dan Winner/ OW
Michigans 1st 4x Undefeated High School Wrester 211-0 (208 falls)
Jr. Schalles Winner Nations Most Dominate Wrestler
157 Consecutive Falls
2017 MIchigan Coaches Association Inductee
Michigan RTC Coach

Andy Simmons:

Andy Simmons:

2015 Greater Lansing Hall Of Fame Inductee
U.S. Open 3rd Place
5th place @ Jr. World Championships
Fila Jr. National Champ
University World Team Member
2x NCAA All-American
4x MSU Team Captain
Big Ten Champion
Dapper Dan Winner
Jr National Greco Finalist
3x Jr. National Freestyle All-American
Michigan 2nd 4x Undefeated High School Wrestler 219-0
2018 World Team Trials

Brad Simmons:

2x Michigan State Placer
Michigan State Champ

Ben Guiles:

2x Michigan State Placer
2x Michigan freestyle state champ
15+ years of youth coaching

What makes a great coach?

Our team of professionals works hard to share knowledge with the wrestlers they instruct. Being a great coach goes beyond fundamentals and weight training.

Our aim is to:
Build your confidence
Teach skills you can use beyond the mat
Avoid embarrassment and bolster self-esteem
Understand that every athlete is different
Coach you as a person, not just as an athlete


We take the time to communicate with athletes and parents, so you both remain involved in the training process. Contact Simmons Academy of Wrestling to discuss our training process with our coaches.