Talented senior excels on the court

Simpson University Sports News


Senior psychology major Dominique Simmons has been playing basketball since she was in second grade. She grew up in a very athletic family and “being girly” was never an option for her.

“I love basketball because I like being very physical, and I can express my emotions in a positive way,” she said.

Dominique heard about Simpson University through Derrick Pringle Sr., father of Simpson’s women’s basketball coach Derrick Pringle Jr. Pringle Sr. coached Dominique on a traveling Armature Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team while she was in high school. Dominique admired the character of Derrick Pringle Sr., so she decided to play for his son at Simpson. She is starting her second year playing under Derrick Pringle Jr.

“My favorite things about playing for Simpson are the fact that I have gotten to play for Coach Pringle and his dad in one lifetime, and I have become a member of a team that has a focus of Christ,” said Dominique.

Dominique is a very accomplished player. At her junior college, Dominique was named to the All-Star Academic Team. She broke her school’s freshman consecutive double-double record with 17 games. During her freshman and sophomore years, she had at least one game each year where she scored 40 points and had 27 rebounds. In 2008, Dominique was inducted into Olympic College’s Hall of Fame. In high school she was named Offensive Player of the Year two times. She was also named to the South Puget Sound (SPSL) All-League Team, the SPSL Honorable Mention Team her junior year, and the SPSL All-Star Team her senior year. She has also consistently been a leading rebounder and scorer for her various teams throughout her playing career.

Dominique keeps herself busy when she is not at practice or in class as the Teacher’s Assistant for the Psychology Department.

“I like being able to work with professors one-on-one and not just in a classroom setting,” Dominique said. “It has helped me get to know my professors a lot better.”

After she graduates from Simpson in April, Dominique is going overseas to play basketball for the summer with the Athletes in Action (AIA) program. After she returns, she hopes to go to graduate school and get her Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license.

By Elise Wilson


Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
(530) 226-4731