B.A., Texas Technical University; M.A., Webster University; M.S.S., United Sports Academy
Ron Simpson recently completed his 15th year at the helm of the Monarchs softball program. In his 15 seasons at Methodist, Simpson has compiled a 428-228-1 mark with five USA South Athletic Conference regular-season championships, five tournament championships and six trips to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Simpson has paced Methodist to 25-victory seasons on 11 occasions, including six 30-plus-victory campaigns as well as nine seasons of national rankings. In 2013 Methodist went 23-21 and reached the USA South Tournament semifinals. During 2012 the Monarchs won the most games since the 2008 team, finishing 27-15 on the year and tying for second in the USA South.
During the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the Monarchs started slow, but finished third in the conference standings each time. The 2009 season saw the team finish 17-26 overall. Senior Kayla Talbert was named the Methodist Senior Female Athlete of the Year. In 2008, the Monarchs received their third straight bid to the NCAA Tournament after registering a 21-game winning streak during the season.
2007 proved to be another outstanding year for the Monarchs as well as another year of firsts during Simpson’s tenure at the school. The Monarchs won the USA South Conference Tournament championship, qualifying them for regionals for the fifth time in nine years. Additionally, the Monarchs hosted their first regional tournament at Monarch Field. The Monarchs were ranked 17th in the preseason National Poll and were ranked throughout the year. The Monarchs played in their third NFCA Classic, finishing 4-2 and were one of only four teams in the 24 team tournament to go undefeated in pool play. Overall, the Monarchs went 33-10 with Rebekah Kelly earning Second Team All-American and USA South Conference Player of the Year honors.
In 2006, the Monarchs established a new school mark for victories in a season as they went 39-8. Additionally the team earned its highest ranking ever, and cracked the top-10, peaking at #7 in the rankings and finishing 11th in the final poll. They won the regular-season USA South title with a 13-1 mark, and also claimed the conference tournament championship. The team was ranked #2 in the region, and earned the program’s first No. 1 seed for the NCAA Regional competition and finished third there.
In 2005, Methodist was ranked as high as 11th in the NCAA Division III National Top-30 poll. It won the USA South regular-season championship with a 32-12 record and a 12-2 mark in conference play. Methodist opened the 2004 season ranked 12th in the preseason Division III Top 25, and finished 30-14 overall. The 2003 season established a school record for victories in a season with 38 (before being broken in 2006), finishing 38-10 overall and had its best showing ever in the NCAA Regional with a runner-up finish at the Atlantic Regional. The Monarchs finished 13th in the final NCAA Division III poll, produced six All-DIAC selections, six NCAA Division III All-Regional selections and one NCAA Division III All-American.
While the 2002 season saw the Monarchs post its fourth consecutive 25-win season (27-16), earning its third DIAC regular-season title in the past four years. For his efforts in 2002, Simpson garnered his second DIAC Coach of the Year honor. Additionally, Kristen Wallace made school history as she earned First Team All-American honors. In 2001, Methodist captured its third consecutive 25-win season with a 29-17 record.
During the 2000 campaign, the Monarchs claimed their second consecutive DIAC regular-season crown with a 28-15-1 mark, and followed that achievement by winning the conference tournament championship. In the school's second consecutive NCAA appearance, the Monarchs finished third in the 2000 NCAA-III Atlantic Regional.
In his first season as head coach in 1999, Simpson wasted little time as he guided Methodist to the top of the DIAC with 32-12 record, including a perfect 10-0 conference mark. This landed the Monarchs their first regular-season conference title since 1993, and the team made their first-ever NCAA regional tournament appearance. Simpson was recognized by his peers as the DIAC Coach of the Year.
Overall, Simpson has produced 83 players on the All-Conference teams, 30 All-Atlantic Region selections, four conference Player of the Year honors, four Conference Coach of the Year honorees, four conference Rookie of the Year honorees, three conference Rookie Pitcher of the Year honorees and four NCAA Division III All-Americans.
Simpson brought a wealth of experience and success to Methodist. He arrived from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., where he directed his team to a second-place finish and Coach of the Year honors in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (NCAA Division II) in 1996. While at St. Andrews, he also coached women's basketball for three years as an assistant.
Prior to that his stay at St. Andrews, Simpson served as the head softball coach at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala., for one year, after one season as the assistant coach in 1994. Simpson coached softball in the Air Force from 1980-1996, serving as the All-Air Force softball coach from 1988-1996, as well as the All-Armed Forces softball coach in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994.
Ron Simpson is a retired Lt. Col. with the United States Air Force after serving 26 years. He is married to Mae Horne Simpson. Ron Simpson is a North Carolina native, hailing from Monroe, N.C., and graduated from Piedmont High School. He received a BBA in management from Texas Tech University and a MA in business administration from Webster University. In 1994, Simpson earned his second Master's degree in sports management from the United Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala.