Margaret Simmons was the head women’s track & field coach at Murray State University from 1968 to 1991 and the head women’s cross country coach from 1971 to 1991. She was named women’s conference coach of the year six times, and her teams won eight cross country and track & field conference titles.
Simmons, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Ashland College and her master’s from Kent State University, always had a passion for track & field. She ran track in high school and started a team at Kent State University while studying for her undergraduate degree.
Simmons arrived at Murray State with a vision to start the women’s track & field team; during her second year, her vision came true as Simmons became the first head coach of the women’s track & field team. She then started the women’s cross country team three years later.
She served as women’s track & field and cross country head coach at MSU until 1991, when she retired from coaching to move into administration on a full-time basis. During her tenure as head coach, she led the Lady Racers to eight Ohio Valley Conference titles, was named OVC Coach of the Year six times, and was named Kentucky Women’s Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on two occasions.
Simmons also served as rules editor of the NCAA Track & Field Committee and is a member of the Murray State Athletics Hall of Fame. Currently, Simmons serves as assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator at Murray State.