Greg Simmons Obituary, Death – Hal Bagwell was quoted as saying that he was at a loss for words when he learned that Greg Simmons, a baseball coach who had won 16 state championships, had passed away. “It’s just an empty feeling,” said Bagwell, who has been coaching baseball for a long time and is ready to begin his third year at Indian Land (SC) High. Bagwell previously worked at South Mecklenburg and Ardrey Kell.
“Today is a really unfortunate day, not only for the community of baseball players, but also for the community of Charlotte Christian. He was just one of the most humble persons I’ve ever known, but he had such a positive impact on such a large number of people in such a significant way. After a long and courageous fight against lung cancer, Simmons passed away.
He was 57. After beginning his teaching career at Charlotte Christian in 1989, Simmons took over the school’s baseball program in 1992 and has since built it into one of the most successful in the state. Simmons’ teams won 733 games and 16 state championships during his 30-year tenure with the Knights. Simmons coached 95 players who went on to play at the collegiate level,
10 of whom were drafted by major league clubs, and his teams won a total of 22 CISAA conference championships. Simmons was honored by being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association in the year 2016. The Charlotte Observer has awarded him the title of regional coach of the year a total of five times. There was no other private school baseball coach in North Carolina who won as many games as he did. His last team, which competed in the spring of last year, was victorious as well.