ALAN “RED” SIMMONS
LYONS JR. SR. HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1973
The summer following Alan’s freshman year in high school, he was in a car accident that claimed the life of his mother - Leona Simmons. The following from Alan’s scrap book was dedicated to her memory.
Alan was a 3 year all league first team performer in basketball and baseball. In basketball his versatility allowed him to play all positions. He played guard and forward his sophomore season averaging 14 ppg. He was named to the first team All-County team. This 1971 Lyons team was undefeated and ranked #1 for several weeks in NY State for small schools. Winning most games easily by double digits, the #1 seeded Lyons were upset in the sectionals. This was the only loss of a 19-1 season.
His junior year, Alan was the only unanimous All-Star team choice in the league, Greater Rochester All-Star, and named to the NY State All-State team. He averaged 17 ppg, making his mark as a premier defender. He was often tasked to guard the opponent’s leading scoring threat, no matter what position the opponent played. As league champion with only one loss and the #1 sectional seed, Lyons was again upset in Sectional finals. During his senior year, Alan was called upon to score more and responded by leading the league in scoring averaging 24 points per game. He again was the only unanimous first team all-league selection.
Other awards were for best foul shooter, sectional all –star teams, MVP of a Christmas Tournament, and Lyons Athlete of the Year. Christened “Big Red” by Coach Dick Blackwell, he honed his skills playing junior high basketball for the legendary coach.
In baseball Alan was a hard throwing left handed pitcher. He was a 4 year starting pitcher with 3 no-hitters to his credit. In one game he struck out 17 batters. Alan had at least two - one hit games, including a no-hitter lost with two outs in the last inning. He had many games with double digit strike outs. Alan also pitched one season at Erie Community College.
Alan was scouted by many major league team organizations that visited Lyons to watch him pitch, including the Philadelphia Phillies (Elmer Vallo) and New York Mets (Barney Smith).
Being recruited by many colleges, Lyons native Santo DeSain was the head baseball coach at Erie Community College. He convinced Alan to attend Erie near Buffalo. Alan pitched a no-hitter against Buffalo State, and had other exceptional performances. The Los Angeles Dodgers also were eying him in Buffalo. Alan was tutored by Al Widmar who played for the Milwaukee Braves and was pitching coach for the Newark Co-Pilots, the Milwaukee Brewers Farm team at the time. Widmar later was the pitching coach for the World Champion Toronto Blue Jays.
Alan served in the United States Navy for ten years, earning two honorable discharges - one touring overseas, and the second as a Congressional Staff Writer in Washington D.C. He is now a manager for a global market research and consulting firm. Alan is married to Polly Simmons (formerly Ms. Valenzano - Lyons Elementary School teacher), who now teaches in the Marcus Whitman School District. They have two daughters Danielle and Rachel, and reside in Canandaigua, NY.
1990’s--Junior High Boys’ Basketball 9 wins and 4 losses
1990’s—Junior High Girls’ Basketball 10 wins and 3 losses
Presently coaching Canandaigua 6th grade girls’ Basketball(Including up and coming star daughter Rachel!)