Nancy Simpson | Athletic Director
Office Phone: (864) 231-2023
Nancy Simpson was named Director of Athletics on June 18, 2007 and during her tenure at the helm of the Anderson University athletics program, 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 seven years, the volleyball team earned its’ first-ever victory 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 won three consecutive SAC Tournament championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012. 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 43 games last season, while capturing both the South Atlantic Conference regular-season title and the SAC Tournament crown. AU went on to host one of the two Southeast Regionals for the first time in the history of the program after making its’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and reaching the Savannah Super Regional. The men’s and women’s tennis teams are perennial threats to capture the league title, with the men’s squad sharing the 2013 regular-season crown. The Trojan cross country teams are perennial challengers at both the conference and regional levels, with the women's squad capturing the 2010 SAC Championship. Assistant wrestling coach J.J. Jackson, who competed on the mats for the Trojans, captured a national championship at the 157-pound weight class in 2010, while AU grapplers consistently earn berths at the national championships.
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 men’s soccer player Ben Jones 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 both 2010 and 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.
Construction is currently underway on a tennis complex and softball facility that will rival any in the Southeast.
In 2009, the AU wrestling team moved its practice facility to the athletic campus and the softball and baseball teams 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 was 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 Initiative for the United Way of Anderson County and presently serves on the Hospice of the Upstate Board of Directors.
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.
An indication of her dedication to athletics and achievements, Simpson is slated to be inducted into the Cal State San Bernardino Hall of Fame on May 22, 2015
Simpson, a basketball and volleyball standout at Berry College, helped lead the Lady Vikings to the 1976 AIAW National Basketball Championship and was named the tournament MVP and an All-American before graduating in 1977. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Southern Mississippi in 1978.