Red Simmons Timeline

Jan. 5, 1910 -- Born in Redford, Mich.

Late 1920s -- Received All-City honors in football as a halfback at Redford High School

1928 -- Won two state championships at Redford, the low and high hurdles

1929 -- Enrolled at Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan) where he ran track

1932 -- Part of winning mile relay team at the Penn Relays

1932 -- Participated at U.S. Olympic trials

1933 -- Graduated with a bachelor's of science in education from Michigan State Normal College

1934-59 -- Member of the Detroit Police Department; started as a detective and later promoted to detective sergeant

1959 -- Retired from the police department and began to teach physical education at the University of Michigan

1960 -- Created the "Michigammes," the first women's Ann Arbor track club; produced three Olympians (Francie Kraker-Goodridge, Sperry Jones and Micki King); also produced seven national championships and countless state track and cross country championships

1962 -- Earned master's degree in physical education from the University of Michigan; named associate supervisor and assistant professor

1975 -- Married Lois Simmons

1976 -- Hired as the first women's track coach at the University of Michigan

1978 -- Coached the first varsity women's track team

1978 -- Inducted into Eastern Michigan Hall of Fame

1981 -- Coached Michigan's first All-American (AIAW) selection, Penny Neer

1981 -- Retired as head coach at Michigan after the 1981 season; in his honor, the Red Simmons Invitational was named after him and has been held every year since

1990 -- Honored as Michigan's first honorary 'M' man

1994 -- First member inducted into the Michigan Women's Track and Field Hall of Fame

1995 -- Won four gold medals at the annual Senior Olympics

2000 -- Received senate tribute from U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham in honor of being given the Philip A. Hart award

2001 -- Keynote speaker at the Michigan Senior Games celebration of athletes

2009 -- Received lifetime achievement award from the University of Michigan


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