It didn’t take long for Missouri Southern to move forward with its Football program. A day following its regular season finale loss to Pittsburg State, the University announced that it had hired Garden City Community College Head Coach Jeff Sims to head the Lions Football program.
“I got to thank Missouri Southern for giving me the opportunity,” Sims said during an introductory news conference Sunday.
Sims added, “Jared and Dr. Marble have worked very hard to lay a foundation that I know that we can build off on to be a great football program and great student athletes for this university.”
A St. Louis, MO native, Sims is a familiar face in the Four States area. The 2016 National Champion Coach with Garden City was the former Head Coach at Fort Scott Community College. Sims led the Greyhounds to an appearance in the 2009 National Championship game.
Now, Sims hopes to bring his winning success to Southern, whose Football program has only one win in its last 24 games.
But in order to have success, Sims believes all hands need to be on deck, including from the Missouri Southern community.
“I want to see green and gold,” said Sims. He added, “You need to help me recruit. I can’t do this alone. You need to leave this room right now and start telling people, ‘Hey man. There is something happening at Missouri Southern.'”
The new head coach believes winning is a habit. In order to create those habits, Sims wants to create an environment where players earn victories in every single possible moment.
“We’re going to teach them how to act in meetings,” Sims told reporters following the news conference.
Sims continued, “We’re going to teach them how to carry themselves. We’re going to teach them to compete all the time. We’re also going to reward them.”
The hope is that by creating those habits, there will be a much more exciting football product in Joplin.
“We have to pick a direction, and we have to get behind that direction and push harder than the (Pitt State) Gorillas and push harder than everybody else in this league,” Sims said in the news conference.
“And let’s see if they really want it. How hungry are they? Does Pittsburg State really want to compete with us? We’ll see. Does (Northwest Missouri State) really want to compete with us? We’ll see.”
Sims’ Garden City Broncbusters will play East Mississippi Community College in the 2018 NJCAA National Title game on November 29. His time at Missouri Southern begins once his commitment at Garden City is complete.