Middletown City School District today announced Don E. Simpson as the new head varsity football coach at Middletown High School, pending board approval. Simpson boasts many years coaching football, most recently as the defensive coordinator at Princeton High School.
“Coach Simpson brings a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm with him to Middletown. He is a kid-first guy and understands the importance of building positive relationships with our students, parents, and community. He has been a part of many other successful programs and will have an immediate impact working with our student-athletes to help them achieve their goals. I am confident his leadership will help bring on a resurgence to the Middletown Football program,” said Aaron Zupka, Athletic Director at Middletown High School.
Simpson, a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Corrections from the University of Cincinnati (UC). A 1997 graduate of UC, Simpson played defensive back in college under head coach Rick Minter. Before coming to Princeton High School, Simpson served as the Defensive Coordinator at Deer Park for a year and spent six years as Defensive Coordinator at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA).
As the Defensive Coordinator at Princeton High School this past year, Simpson's team produced a school record 20 turnovers. While at CHCA, Simpson helped advance the varsity football team to the playoffs six times and to the Regional Semi-finals five times. In 2014, the CHCA Eagles were Regional Champions and State Semi Finalists. Additionally, many of his players advanced to the collegiate level (Div 1, 1AA, DII, DIII, and Ivy League) to universities such as the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Brown University.
“I am very excited about becoming part of the Middie family--to have the opportunity to help students reach their full potential on and off the field is a responsibility I take very seriously,” said Simpson. “I’m looking forward to joining the Middletown team and getting to work.”