Terry Simons

Class of 2004


During his High School years at Robinson High School, Terry Simons earned ten varsity letters participating in football, basketball, track and baseball. At that time

Robinson did not have wrestling. Upon graduation in 1959, Terry went on to Millikin University in Decatur where he took up the sport of Wrestling. He wrestled from 1961 through 1963. He also participated in football and track while in college.

After graduation from Millikin, Terry began his teaching and coaching career at Stephen Decatur High School in Decatur. He served as an assistant during the 1963-64 school years and then became the head coach in 1964. In 1969 he went to Glenbard East High School. He was an assistant at Evanston from 1970 to 1972 and then he went back to Stephen Decatur from 1972 to 1977. In 1985 he became an assistant and Glenbrook South and then the head coach from 1987 to 1994. His teams in Decatur won three regional titles and placed fourth, third and fourth in the I.H.S.A. State Meet. Terry was named Decatur Wrestling Coach of the Year three times. During his tenure at Decatur his teams had a dual meet record of 91-57-7 and his overall career record was 161-121-7. He coached twenty-five state qualifiers, four champions and six other place winners.

Terry was a Driver’s Education teacher and in addition to wrestling, he has coached football and cross-country. He has owned a landscape business, was a real estate agent, worked as a stockbroker, investor and property manager.

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