While new to the Army coaching staff in 2013, offensive line coach Tom Simi is no stranger to program at West Point. Prior to his appointment before the start of 2013 spring drills, Simi served the previous four seasons as the head coach at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School. In his four seasons at USMAPS, Simi posted a 23-13 record, including a 21-6 record from 2010-12.
Simi will focus on the interior of Army's offensive line, mentoring the centers and guards.
He took the reins of the prep school program after five seasons at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. Simi coached the offensive line at Feather River from 2004-08, mentoring 10 all-conference performers, three all-state selections and eight players who went to receive Division I scholarships. He served as the team's offensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006.
After the departure of Feather River's head coach just prior to the 2007 season, Simi served as the team's interim head coach in 2007 before earning the permanent title for the 2008 campaign. The team posted a 6-4 record and finished in the top 15 among California junior colleges in scoring offense (34 ppg). The squad's 283 rushing yards per game ranked second in the California JC ranks.
Simi's spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the offensive line coach at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Wash. He spent the five previous seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Eastern Oregon University. He served as the running backs, receivers and special teams coach during his first season before moving over to the offensive line from 1998-2001. Simi has ties with Army offensive coordinator Ian Shields, who served as the Eastern Oregon offensive coordinator from 1997-99. The 1999 squad finished among the nation's top 10 in rushing and total offense to go along with 35 school records.
Simi began his coaching career at Coeur'd'Alene High School in Idaho. He was an assistant for both the football and wrestling programs and was chosen by the school's staff as the Assistant Coach of the Year.
A four-year starter at Eastern Oregon, Simi earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1994. He was a two-time all-conference performer and earned Little All-Northwest honors in 1992.
Simi and his wife, Kathleen, have two children, Hannah and Caleb.