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Head Baseball Coach Announces Retirement


Spring Hill College baseball head coach Frank Sims announced that after 37 seasons at the head of the baseball program, he is retiring at the end of the 2022 season. 

"How do you put 37 years into a few sentences?" Sims said. "But it's just time. My wife Dana and I have thought about this decision for both our careers for quite a while now and it's just time. I will miss it greatly. I'll miss the players greatly. I'll miss all of the coaches that I've known and made friends with over the years.”

Sims holds the record for most career victories at Spring Hill. During his tenure with SHC, he has won five conference championships. In addition to his accomplishments at SHC, he was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017 in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding achievement in baseball. 

"It's been a good ride with some good teams," Sims continued. "Our players graduate and that's the main thing. We've had Major League players, sure, but I'm most proud of the good kids we've produced. I see them when they return for visits, and they are successful with families of their own and it's great to see how they've turned out."

Sims has been a collegiate head coach for the last 38 years and has won 974 games. He began his career as head coach at Spring Hill during the last three weeks of the 1985 season and since then he has won 938 games with the Badgers. 

He and his wife, Dana, have four children, who are all SHC graduates, and six grandchildren.

 Before joining the Badgers in 1985, Sims was the head coach at Milton College (WI.) Sims also coached at high schools and colleges in Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

 He earned his B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1977 at Eastern Illinois University where he later became an assistant baseball coach. He later completed his M.A. in HPER at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater where he served as a graduate assistant coach.

In 1973, he was a member of the Hawkeye's co-Big Ten Championship team. Sims, born and raised in Charleston, IL, grew up on a farm with seven brothers and sisters. He graduated high school in 1970 and attended Lake Land Junior College before pitching for the University of Iowa. 

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