Mike Simpson is in his 27th season as defensive coordinator
with the UAlbany football program. Simpson, who also works with the inside
linebackers, has three decades of experience as a defensive coach. The Great
Danes have won or shared five Northeast Conference championships (2002, 2003,
2007, 2008 & 2011) and captured two Eastern Football Conference titles
(1997, 1998) during his tenure.
In 2011, Simpson had five of his defensive players
earn all-conference honors, including first-team selections Eddie Delaney and
Jon Morgan. Defensively, UAlbany ranked among the NEC leaders in rushing yards
allowed for the fourth straight year, plus was second in scoring defense.
In 2008, the Great Danes led the
conference in rushing yards (119.1 ypg) and scoring defense (18.2 ppg). UAlbany
capped its second consecutive conference championship season with a 28-0
shutout of Jacksonville in the Gridiron Classic. Defensive tackle Tom Pandolf
earned honorable mention All-America recognition.
The Great Danes were 17th among NCAA Division I FCS
programs in points allowed, 27th in total yards and 29th in rushing defense
during the 2007 campaign. UAlbany held NEC opponents to 12.0 points and 87.8 rushing
yards en route to winning the conference title. Eight defenders made the
all-conference first and second teams.
In 2006, UAlbany put together its best defensive
campaign since moving to the Division I FCS level. The Great Danes ranked among
the top-five nationally in three categories, including points allowed (13.0
ppg), rushing defense (90.2 ypg) and total net yards (240.8 pg). UAlbany
recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1998, and held Wagner
to 21 passing yards, the lowest figure by a FCS opponent. The Great Danes also
established FCS records for sacks (10) and net rushing yards (minus-51) in a
16-6 victory over Robert Morris.
UAlbany was ranked among the NCAA national leaders in
rushing defense (11th), scoring defense (11th) and total defense (15th) in
2005. Linebackers Mike Grever, Josh Bazan and Colin Disch have earned Football
Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) All-America recognition under his
Simpson was one of 25 coaches who participated in the
2006 NCAA Expert Coaches Academy, which addressed the critical shortage of
ethnic minorities in head coaching positions in the sport of college football,
primarily at the Division I level. The Academy's mission is to assist coaches
with career advancement, networking and exposure opportunities.
Prior to his present appointment, Simpson was an
assistant defensive line coach at both Columbia University and Williams
College, served as a graduate assistant at Norwich University, and had a
two-year internship with the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys. He also
interned with the New York Giants in the summer of 2003 and Miami Dolphins in
Simpson, 57, graduated from East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
University in 1978, and as a player helped lead that program to two
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships and a 25-game winning
streak. As a defensive end, he led the team in quarterback sacks as a senior.
An All-New York City player at Midwood High School in
the mid-1970s, Simpson has a master's degree in educational administration. He
and his wife, Gladys, reside in the Capital Region.