Nancy SimpsonAthletic Director
Office Phone: (864) 231-2023
Nancy Simpson was named Director of Athletics on June 18, 2007 and during her tenure, Simpson has guided Anderson’s seamless transition into the South Atlantic Conference and provided leadership as the Trojans continue to build on AU’s storied athletic history by accomplishing a number of “firsts” across the spectrum of varsity athletics. During the past six years, the volleyball team made its’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the women’s soccer team earned its way into the conference tournament finals for the first time in the history of the program, while the men’s basketball team became the first team from the state of South Carolina since Lander in 1999 to claim a regional championship and just the second South Atlantic Conference school to earn a trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
The Trojans’ men’s soccer team also garnered its first NCAA Tournament berth and has won three consecutive SAC Tournament championships. The women’s basketball program continued its tradition of excellence by making its seventh consecutive appearance in the Big Dance in 2010, and its eighth overall in 2013. Trojan softball won a school-record 40 games during the 2013 campaign, while making its’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and reaching the Savannah Super Regional. The men’s and women’s teams are perennial threats to capture the league title, with the men’s squad sharing the 2013 regular-season crown.
In addition, Anderson captured the Joby Hawn Cup for an unprecedented fourth time in 2010, which is awarded to the Conference Carolinas member with the best overall finish in conference-sponsored sports. The Trojans also claimed the Messick Award, presented to the member institution that displays the best overall sportsmanship during the year, for four consecutive years from 2004-2007.
Since joining the SAC for the 2010-11 seasons, the men’s basketball team has seen two players earn SAC Scholar-Athlete accolades three consecutive times, while a men’s soccer player was named SAC Scholar Athlete in 2011. Nick Trull brought home the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 men’s basketball award and cross country’s Whitney Bishoff earned the honor as well in 2011.
Facility upgrades and the growth of the program have been a priority since her arrival on campus and with the University’s purchase of the former Anderson County Fairgrounds, now known as the athletic campus, the department has embarked on developing a premier venue for both student-athletes and fans. In 2009, the AU wrestling team moved its practice facility to the athletic campus and the softball team began using its indoor batting cages and practice field. A practice field for the men’s and women’s soccer teams was constructed, and the fall of 2010 saw both teams play on a new soccer field that is being developed into a full stadium.
Simpson has also focused her energies on expanding the Trojan Club to continually help build community support for AU student-athletes, as well as generate additional funding for all programs.
Actively involved in the University, the community and the NCAA, Simpson has served on a number of NCAA committees. She is most recently the Division II representative to the NCAA/NBTA Committee, a coalition of collegiate and professional representatives addressing travel issues. At the community level Simpson co-chaired a Women’s Leadership Iniative for the United Way of Anderson County.
In addition to her athletic department duties, Simpson is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Anderson, which works closely with the president to provide the executive leadership of the University.
Simpson came to Anderson from California State University - San Bernardino where she was Director of Athletics for 12 years. The native of Marietta, Ga., has always place an emphasis on balancing athletic success with academic achievement in the classroom. During her tenure at CSUSB, Simpson was recognized for dramatically improving the quality of the school’s athletic programs as well as significantly raising grade point averages for student athletes. She was responsible for overseeing a men’s basketball program that won six consecutive conference championships and three regional championships as well as a women’s volleyball program that won four conference championships and two regional championships. She increased corporate sponsorships and contributions to the athletic program at CSUSB, resulting in the addition of a 4,200-seat arena and new soccer field.
Simpson, a basketball and volleyball standout at Berry College, helped lead the Lady Vikings to the 1976 AIAW National Championship and was named the team’s MVP before graduating in 1977. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Southern Mississippi in 1978.
“We feel very blessed to have attracted such a seasoned athletic director to our campus,” said Anderson University President Dr. Evans Whitaker of Simpson’s selection. “In choosing Mrs. Simpson, the advisory committee members and I were particularly impressed with her exceptional qualifications and her reputation as a skilled athletic administrator, a genuine people-person and an individual of integrity. We are confident in her ability to build on a tradition of excellence in athletics at Anderson University."