With 31 years of coaching experience, including 23 years as an assistant in the Southeastern Conference, Assistant Coach Larry Simcox brings a wealth of knowledge to the Tennessee program and a renowned track record of success. Named an assistant coach by Head Coach Dave Serrano in June 2015, Simcox holds the responsibility of hitting instructor, coaching Tennessee's infielders and serving as third base coach for the Volunteers.
Now on Rocky Top for his second stint as an assistant coach, Simcox previously spent 17 seasons as an assistant on the Vols' coaching staff from 1991-2007. During his first term with UT, he proved to be an instrumental piece in Tennessee's postseason successes, including two SEC Championship titles (1994-95) and three appearances in the College World Series in 1995, 2001 and 2005.
In 2016, Simcox coached Tennessee to the top of the SEC leaderboard and into the national ranks. The Vols turned an SEC-leading 58 double plays and finished the season 13th in the country in double plays per game. Tennessee was also the only SEC team to have three players with more than 50 RBI.
Along with team successes, Simcox has also coached more than 100 players who have signed professional baseball contracts in his career, including former Vols Todd Helton, Joe Randa and Chris Burke. Four players, including current New York Yankee Chase Headley, won SEC batting titles under his tutelage, while 15 players have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. Over the course of 18 seasons, Simcox coached 10 first-round draft picks and 26 All-Americans for the Orange & White.
Most recently, Simcox assisted in the development of former Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel who was selected second overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2016 Major League First-Year Player Draft. During his junior campaign, Senzel led the Vols with 57 runs scored, 74 hits, 25 doubles, 59 RBI, 25 stolen bases and 152 assists. The Knoxville native garnered All-American accolades from four different outlets, was named a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist and earned Second Team ALL-SEC and SEC All-Defensive Third Baseman honors in 2016.
Since Simcox's departure from UT following the 2007 season, he helped establish Knoxville's Diamond Baseball-Simcox Academy, providing professional instruction and facilities to teach fundamental baseball and softball skills for local youth athletes. During this time, Simcox coached or instructed over 100 players that went on to play collegiate baseball.
Prior to his first arrival at Tennessee in 1990, Simcox assisted former Ole Miss Rebels Head Coach Jake Gibbs from 1985-90. While at Ole Miss, he handled recruiting and coaching the Rebels infield, as well as being the first base coach and hitting instructor. He coached 22 Rebels who signed professional contracts, including six middle infielders and four future Major League players. As the recruiting coordinator, he also put together two nationally-ranked recruiting classes.
Simcox played collegiate baseball at Ole Miss, where he graduated in 1982 with a degree in marketing. As the Rebels' starting shortstop for two years after transferring from Cleveland State Community College, he was named All-Southeastern Conference as a senior, batting a team-high .374 and posting a fielding percentage of .940. During that same season, he set a NCAA record by striking out only one time in 194 plate appearances.
Simcox was selected by the Houston Astros in the ninth round of the 1981 Major League Draft and went on to play three seasons of professional baseball before suffering a career-ending injury. He played 232 career minor league games, reaching as high as Double A Columbus with the Astros in 1983.
A native of Chattanooga and a longtime resident of the Knoxville area, Simcox was inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2013, he was inducted into the Cleveland State Community College Hall of Fame and most-recently, he was recognized by East Ridge High School as its 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
Simcox and his wife, Linda, make their home in Farragut, Tennessee. Their daughter, Erin, is a 2014 graduate of the University of Tennessee, while their son, A.J., spent three seasons (2013-15) as starting shortstop for the Vols before being drafted in the 14th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2015.