Off-Season Dedication Yields Dividends Each Year
The evolution of the program started in 2001 when Beth Simmons took over as head coach.
“A lot of the girls I have right now play AAU and put time into summer ball. That’s all very important in building a program. There’s a lot of out-of-season work we do to get better in-season,” Coach Simmons said.
That dedication has paid dividends for a program that has won five MVC Scarlet Division titles since 2012-13.
Team concepts are another driving force behind The Summit’s success. It’s led to many skilled players joining the collegiate ranks.
Coach Beth Simmons has a rich basketball background. After a record-setting high school basketball career, Coach Simmons played Division I basketball at the University of Akron. After graduation, she jumped right into coaching. Her first head coaching job came in 1998 and she was assistant coach in 2000 at Wright State University. She joined The Summit in 2001. In that time, she has a long history of achievements, including numerous “Coach of the Year” awards from the Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame, Southwest Ohio District 16, Miami Valley Conference, Associated Press and Enquirer. In 2015 and 2017, the girls’ basketball team made trips to the Division III regional championship game. In 2019, Beth won her 300th game, an 85-27 win against Cincinnati Christian. Beth is assisted by Shanan Barga, Krystal Wannemacher, Kiley Barnard and Brian Miller.