- Physical Education Teacher Education
In the classroom, Simonin has excelled helping the Lady Tiger program to three straight NSCAA Team Academic Awards since she arrived on campus. A 4.0 student in the fall semester of 2009, Simonin carries a 3.81 cumulative grade point average heading into her senior season. Simonin has appeared on the Dean’s List and Tiger 3.0 Club all six semesters of her collegiate career. She was one of the top 30 student-athletes at the University of Memphis the last two semesters as she garnered Tiger Academic 30 honors. She is a three-year recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal and has appeared on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll all three years. She is expected to graduate with a physical education teacher education degree in May of 2012.
Voted a captain in her junior season, Simonin displayed amazing character after making a transition from forward to defender for the 2010 season. After registering 13 goals and six assists in her first two seasons, Simonin embraced the transition to defender and helped Memphis tie single-season school record goals-against average of 0.84. Her character is displayed in the classroom as she is one of several student-athletes on the squad sporting a grade-point average above 3.5.
Around the Bluff City, Simonin has used her character to volunteer and give back to the city of Memphis. Having worked as a volunteer at three events during the 2010 season, Simonin gave back to the community at the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis. Also in the fall of 2010, she assisted in the Americacorp Trick-or-Treat event. Simonin, along with many members of the squad, dressed in Halloween costumes and went around the city collecting donations for under-privileged youth. She also volunteered at the Children’s Museum of Memphis throughout the fall and the spring of 2010. During Christmas each year, Simonin has been an Angel Tree volunteer as well. Simonin also has assisted in developing young soccer players in the various camps at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
After earning C-USA Freshman of the Year accolades in 2008, Simonin has continued a productive career at the University of Memphis. As a member of the squad that has claimed four-straight conference titles, Simonin has 16 goals and 10 assists in three seasons. Simonin made a transition from forward to defender prior to the 2010 season and her talent was recognized by the league’s coaches as she earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors. Simonin garnered First Team NSCAA All-Central Region Team honors for her great 2010 season. She has provided game-winning goals in her career and is three-for-four in her career on penalty kicks, including a perfect two-for-two mark in 2010.