Posted: 5:55 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013
By Mike Rose
ESPN reports that Dave Rice and UNLV will hire Findlay Prep head coach Todd Simon as a Running Rebel assistant. Simon served as the head basketball coach of Findlay Prep for the past five seasons. During that time, his team won three national high school invitational titles, amassing a 157-8 overall record and a perfect 65-0 record at home. Last years team went 35-1.
Simon has been with Findlay Prep from inception in 2006 and has played a key role in building the program into a national powerhouse. The program has produced six McDonald's All-Americans, six Jordan Brand All-Americans and six Parade All-Americans. A number of Findlay Prep players have gone on to play in the NBA, including Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Avery Bradley (Boston), Cory Joseph (San Antonio), and DeAndre Liggins (Orlando).
Findlay's 2013 college bound class boasts 7 players who received division one offers: Nigel Williams-Goss 6'4" (Washington), Stanford Robinson 6'3" (Indiana) Dion Wade 6'7 (Auburn), Allerick Freeman 6'4" (Baylor), Christian Wood 6'11" (UNLV), Benas Griciunas 7'0" (Auburn) and Fallou Ndoye 6'10" (Mississippi State.)
Prior to Findlay Prep, Simon's resume included work at Pepperdine under Paul Westphal and UNLV under then head coach Lon Kruger assisting with video scouting, and camp and recruiting organization.
In the summer of 2006, Simon support the staff of Team USA men's basketball team during their training in Las Vegas assisting a team led by Mike Krzyzewski and staffed by Jim Boeheim, Mike D'Antoni, and Nate McMillan.
Simon has experience recruiting players coming from Canada and Europe that should pay out dividends for UNLV in the future.