"Eric is a great addition to this program and we are lucky to have him," Lucas said. "He will be a seamless fit because he has been working with the team for several years and the players trust him as a person and as a coach."
Simmonsen has worked with several local youth clubs in various capacities ranging from director of coaching and player development, technical director, technical staff to team head coach.
"Coaching at the collegiate level has always been a goal for me professionally," Simmonsen said. "The great part for my family and I is we get to stay home, with an outstanding community, university and people to achieve that goal and more. I will also have the chance to stay a Bronco and in a student-athlete community that is phenomenal on every front. I appreciate Steve Lucas, Mark Coyle, Curt Apsey, Dr. Kustra, Madison Collins and the whole BSU family for their belief in adding me to the program."
Simmonsen is currently the Technical Director with FC Nova Soccer Club in Boise. With Nova, he coached the 2011 U16 Super Nova Elite girls' team to one regional championship and two national championships.
Other organizations he has worked with are the Boise Capitals Soccer Club, CYSA (Now Idaho Rush), Boise Alliance Soccer Club, IYSA and Region IV Olympic Development Program's staff coach and instructor along with a stint at Timberline High School as girls varsity head coach from 1999-2002.
While at Timberline he was able to lead the Wolves girls' varsity teams to an overall program record of 78 wins, 6 losses and 9 ties. In that period Timberline never lost a home match. Along with the program record THS amassed three Southern Idaho Conference regular season and two 5A District III championships, and one state championship. Three straight years THS was ranked in the top 25 in NSCAA National Polls. Adding to the hardware were the three Gatorade State Player of the Year awards, SIC District III and 5A "Coach of the Year" Awards, and every year THS was awarded SIC All-Academic Team honors with an average team GPA of 3.8 or higher. During that time 25 female student-athletes were awarded all-conference first or second team honors.
He currently holds the three highest United States coaching certifications; United States Soccer Federation "A" and "Youth" licenses, along with National Soccer Coaches Association of America "Premier" diploma.
He is a 1999 graduate of Boise State with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration - counseling and corrections. Eric and his wife, Erica, have one daughter, Cooper Jean (9) and one son, Parker (7) and live in Meridian.