Keith Simons (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) took over as the head men’s soccer coach at Sage in the spring of 2016. He arrived on the Sage campus after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Skidmore College.
Keith Simons said of his selection, “I’m very excited to become the new head coach for the Sage Colleges’ men’s soccer program.” Simons noted, “The program has shown outstanding growth and success and I am looking forward to continuing that trend. I would like to thank Athletic Director Dani Drews and the search committee for giving me this incredible opportunity and believing in a young coach.”
In his first year with the Gators, Simons directed the team back to the Skyline Conference Championship, only to drop a heartbreaker in the finals in overtime. He helped the young Sage team post a 7-8-5 overall record, while a pair of performers were honored as Skyline Conference All-Star players. Sage advanced to the finals after two contests were decided in penalty kicks in the post-season. Over the course of the 2016 Skyline season, Sage had a 5-5-1 showing in the Skyline Conference.
The team finished nationally ranked 12 team categories for the 2016 campaign. Sophomore forward River Seybolt (Selden, NY/Longwood), who was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III Men's All-East Regional Third Team as well as the 2016 Skyline Conference All-Star First Team, earned acclaim for his second season and ranked nationally in seven different categories. Seybolt, the 2015 Skyline Rookie of the Year, recorded a team-high 32 points on 15 goals and two assists. The sophomore ranked nationally in total goals (No. 30, 15), total points (No. 46, 32), points per game average (No. 73, 1.6), game-winning goals (No. 140, 3), shots-on-goal per game (9th, 2.9), and shots per game (28th, 4.65). Junior goal keeper Caelen Kohut (Ancram, NY/Hudson), whose 2016 season was cut short with an injury finished the year ranking 182nd in goals against average after playing in 11 games with a 1.33 GAA.
Prior to arriving at Sage, Simons was an assistant men's soccer coach with Skidmore College. In addition to his role as assistant soccer coach with the Thoroughbreds, Simons also served as a physical education instructor and equipment assistant manager.
In his three years with the program, the Thoroughbreds have amassed a 32-18-6 record, reaching the Liberty League conference championship in 2013 and again this past season after an 11-6-1 campaign. During his tenure at Skidmore, the squad was twice recognized with NSCAA Team Academic Awards, while the 2015 team was ranked No. 22 in Division III, and held a No. 3 regional ranking as well.
A former Saratoga Springs High School standout, Simons assisted Skidmore head coach Jeremiah Kneeland at Elmira College for two seasons, helping guide the Soaring Eagles to the 2012 ECAC Upstate finals and the 2011 Empire 8 Conference finals. He was also the head junior varsity coach at Elmira.
Prior to his stint with Elmira, Simons was a volunteer men's assistant coach at Sage during the spring of 2010. He spent a year as an assistant coach at Saratoga High School. In addition, he has coached with the ENYYSA Olympic Development Program and NY Elite FC.
Simons is a 2010 graduate of Manhattanville College, where he was a co-captain his senior year and received the college's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He was a three-time Middle Athletic Conference All-Academic selection and was honorable mention NSCAA Scholar All-East Region in 2009. Simons also earned a Masters’ degree from Elmira College in general management in 2013.