Anthony Simpson has been at Overbrook School since 2016.
Coach Simpson has a master’s degree in education and social science from the University of Knoxville and is a life-long athlete and has served as a teaching assistant and a volunteer wrestling coach at Knoxville Catholic High School. He will also teach some junior high history classes.
“My initial goals and objectives for the athletic department are to continue to build upon the coaches and teams that are already in place,” Simpson said. “Overbrook has a great legacy of having athletes that embody Christ like values and train to be the best.”
Simpson said he wants to continue to produce athletes that are strong competitors but also strong young Christian men and women.
“Helping the students to understand that they are students before athletes is crucial,” he said. “The Overbrook athletes will train hard and do their best in every competition, while also representing the school in a good manner. The Eagles will be a team known for the hard competition and friendly nature. The athletes will make friends with students from other schools, but also compete at a high level. Pope Francis urges us to be athletes of Christ, and that is what Overbrook athletes will strive to do.”
Simpson has an extensive sports background as an athlete, playing sports “since I can remember.” He started playing soccer, wrestled, competed in summer swim team, ran cross country and track but track rose to the top of his list.
“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to compete at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.,” he said, adding that he reach All-American status in cross country and track.
After finishing his undergraduate degree in history and secondary education, he
followed his coach to the University of Tennessee Knoxville for his last year of eligibility where he was able to do some volunteer coaching for the wrestling team at Knoxville Catholic High School.
“Athletics teaches students about hard work, perseverance, and organization. All of these can be utilized in the classroom,” Simpson said. “Athletics teaches the students that they need to work hard in the classroom. They are not going to do well if they do not put in the time and effort.”
At Bryan College, Simpson was team captain of the Cross Country and Track and Field squad. He was a head counselor at the McCallie Sports Camp and a teaching assistant at Paragon Mills English Language Learner Elementary School as well as a teaching intern at Rhea County High School in Dayton, Tenn., teaching American History to juniors.
“I believe that every student can learn and every student brings their own gifts and
talents to the classroom,” Simpson said. “I like to build on those areas and encourage students to do the best that they can do, and also to pursue what they are interested in and enjoy. As a teacher, it is my job to help these students enjoy education and enable them to use what they learned beyond the classroom.”
Simpson grew up in Nashville and attended St. Henry School. He graduated from Father Ryan High School.
“I was inspired by my history teachers and coaches at Father Ryan. They showed me that people in their position can touch lives and change the way we see the world. They were excellent role models and made me interested in pursuing the same profession,” he said.