BROWNWOOD, Texas - The Howard Payne University football program announced today that current assistant coach Hunter Sims has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator.
"It is great to have a young talented coach like Hunter working in a new role on the HPU coaching staff," said head coach Roger Geise. "He will bring some much needed energy to the position and will be a positive influence to the young men in our program."
Hunter Sims spent three years as an assistant at Howard Payne before being promoted to offensive coordinator and assistant head coach in the spring of 2012. His first two years with HPU, he was the wide receivers coach and then worked as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator in his third season.
"I am excited about the opportunity to help carry on the tradition of Howard Payne football," said Hunter Sims. "I look forward to the great things this program and the university will do in the future."
Hunter Sims worked as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach with Angelo State University before coming to HPU. Sims also during that time helped coach defensive backs for the professional arena football team San Angelo Stampede of the IFL (Intense Football League). After his college playing career was over, he served as a student assistant McMurry University working with wide receivers and quarterbacks.
As a player, Sims was a three-year letterman and two-time Academic All-Conference selection for McMurry University at quarterback. He went on to play quarterback in the GFL (German Football League) for the Professional Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. He also played one season with the San Angelo Stampede and Frisco Thunder of the IFL.
While in Germany playing professional football, he was also the head baseball coach of the Schwabisch Renegades Baseball team (Men's team 18 and up). Sims led them to the Landesliga Championship and was named Coach of the Year. Sims has worked football camps around the state and spent extensive time working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a camp counselor.
Hunter is a 2007 graduate of McMurry University with a degree in Education and a minor in History and in 2010 he finished a masters degree in Sports Management. He got married in the summer of 2011 to his wife, Shannon.
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