Justin Simon returned to Yale in 2011, and enters his fifth season as an Assistant Coach in the 2015-2016 season. He is the only person to win an Ivy League Men’s Basketball Championship at Yale as both a player (2002) and a coach (2015). His primary responsibilities include recruiting, opponent scouting and post player development.
During his tenure at Yale, Simon has worked with All-Ivy post players Greg Mangano ’12 and reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Justin Sears ’16. Under his guidance, Yale has been one of the best teams in the nation in free throw rate and team defense. Additionally, Yale has finished No. 1 in offensive rebounding percentage in three of his four seasons.
His first four years coaching at Yale have coincided with the most successful graduating class since the Class of 1908. He has been intimately involved with every Yale postseason appearance in the modern era, including the 2014 run to the CIT finals. Simon has also been present for both of the 20-win seasons Yale has had during James Jones’ tenure – one as a player and one as an assistant coach.
Prior to returning to Yale, Simon spent time as science teacher and coach at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, as well as time working in the financial services industry.
As a player at Yale, Simon was a member of Jones’ first recruiting class, and in 2002, was a member of Yale’s first Ivy League championship team since 1963. He was also the recipient of the Senior Class and top free throw shooter awards during his tenure.
Simon and his wife Tricia have one daughter, Divera, and reside in Hamden, CT.