Coach Curtis Horton, currently the offensive coordinator, will become the new head football coach.
Sims has been in Fort Scott for the last four seasons. In that time, he lead his teams to three consecutive nine-plus win seasons and three consecutive bowl games, including an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship game in 2009. The Greyhounds won 29 games in Sims' first three seasons and were the only team in the nation to go undefeated in the regular season in 2009, the release said.
Also in 2009, Sims took Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach of the Year honors when the Greyhounds had their first bid for a national title since 1973. Prior to FSCC, coach Sims coached football at Southern Arkansas State, Minnesota State, Mesabi Range Community College, Mount San Antonio College and Central Missouri State. Sims is a 1995 graduate of Baker University.
"I'm very proud to have been the head football coach at Fort Scott Community College," Sims said. "I appreciate all the hard work the former Greyhounds, the current Greyhounds and everyone on campus did to help us be successful each season. I will always appreciate what Fort Scott did for me as they helped me achieve my dream of becoming a Division I football coach."
"Coach Horton is a great coach, father, and friend," said Sims. "No one is better to lead these men. I know Fort Scott Community College will be the best community college to get an education and play football, for many years to come, with Coach Horton in charge."
Horton has been with the Greyhounds since 2007 when he joined Sims' staff. Horton's teams have been among the top offenses in the KJCCC and the nation while Horton has been calling plays for the Greyhounds. In 2009, the squad averaged 300 yards of total offense per game, 28 points per game and became the No. 1 ranked offense in the KJCCC.
Horton will transition into his new role as head coach immediately. The Greyhounds begin their first season with him Aug. 25 when they will host Blinn College at Frary Field.
"First, I would like to say that our program is extremely proud and excited for Coach Sims," Horton said. "He has done an amazing job while at FSCC and will be a great representative of Fort Scott."
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead my own program. I am also pleased that I have this opportunity at a school and in a community with which I am very familiar."
Public Relations Director Kathleen Hinrichs said Horton has been with FSCC for four years. The announcement was made to Greyhound players on Tuesday. "It's always a good day when someone can step up to a Division I school," she said, adding everyone is excited to see what Horton and the Greyhounds will do this coming season.