MSU Hires Aaron Simoneau as Assistant Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State cross country and track & field program is proud to announce the hiring of Aaron Simoneau as its newest assistant coach. Simoneau previously served as the volunteer and graduate assistant coach with the Spartans over the past year and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in coaching.
"I'm really excited to add Aaron to our full-time staff after all the work he has done,” said MSU Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Walt Drenth. “He will bring really good familiarity with how we do things within the program as well as great energy and enthusiasm. His overall knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the program and our athletes and I think we'll see great growth from the individuals that work with him as we move forward."
Simoneau’s primary coaching responsibilities will include working with the MSU distance runners, while also serving as recruiting coordinator. Prior to his current coaching role, Simoneau ran cross country and track for the Spartans from 2007-2012. The Traverse City, Michigan, native was named team captain during his junior and senior year and was a two-time national qualifier in the 3,000m steeplechase.
“I consider it to be a great honor to begin my coaching career at my alma mater and to be working for a man with whom I have the utmost respect and admiration for,” said Simoneau. “I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to helping this staff continue to work toward the vision that they and Michigan State athletics have set for the program."
This past season, Simoneau and the MSU coaching staff helped guide the women’s cross country team to its first NCAA Championship in program history. The Spartans were undefeated in their six major competitions of 2014 and landed four runners on the NCAA All-American team. Michigan State will kick off its indoor track and field season at the Grand Valley State Bob Eubanks Open on Jan. 9 in Allendale, Michigan.