Eric Simpson, a former letterwinner and teammate of current Loyola University Chicago assistant coach Patrick Baldwin at Northwestern University, heads into his first season as the coordinator of men's basketball operations with the Rambler program. Simpson had spent the last year as Loyola's Director of Athletics Facilities.
"I got to know Eric well over the last year. He has a lot of basketball experience as a head coach, and has worked on the administrative side of things as well," Whitesell said. "He is from the Chicago area, played at Northwestern and can offer us some good insight with his knowledge of campus and what Loyola is about. He came highly recommended by numerous individuals and we are excited to have him on our staff."
In his role as coordinator of basketball operations, Simpson will handle the day-to-day activities of the basketball office, including film exchange, video editing, on-campus recruiting visits and academic coordination, among other duties.
Simpson was a four-year letterwinner at Northwestern from 1990-94 and served as the athletic director and head varsity boys basketball coach at Marquette Catholic in Michigan City, Ind., from 2001-05 before coming to Loyola. At Marquette Catholic, Simpson was responsible for the management of 15 interscholastic programs and as head coach, led his team to the Northland Athletic Conference Championship in 2003-04.
A graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Simpson was the assistant athletic director and varsity assistant basketball coach at his high school alma mater from 1999-2001. He also has served as an assistant to the associate athletic director for business and ticket manager at DePaul University and also was the head junior varsity boys basketball coach at Loyola Academy (1994-96).