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Longtime Charlotte Christian baseball coach passes away

Greg Simmons fought lung cancer before he died, leaving behind a storied career spanning three decades.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Christian School is mourning the passing of a beloved baseball coach after a battle with lung cancer.

On Saturday, the school announced varsity coach Greg Simmons' death, reminiscing on his 30-year tenure with the Knights and the storied career he led. Simmons joined the school in 1989, taking the helm of the baseball program in 1992.

"For the last 13 years, Greg Simmons has been my colleague, neighbor, friend, and most importantly, a brother in Christ. The Lord Jesus called Greg to his eternal home this morning,” shared Head of School Barry Giller in a statement. The school also cited Psalm 30:5 to find comfort: Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

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Greg Simmons after earning 600 career wins in 2017

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During his time with the Knights, Simmons racked up 733 career wins, which included 16 state titles and 22 conference titles with the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA). He was also the winningest coach of any sport in Charlotte Christian School history, along with the most wins in NCISAA baseball.

95 student-athletes under his wing went on to partake in college athletics, and 10 were drafted into Major League Baseball.

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Greg Simmons and the Charlotte Christian Knights after their 2022 state championship win.

Simmons' accolades also include being named Coach of the Year several times during his career, including by the Charlotte Observer, South Charlotte Weekly, and Baseball.com. In 2016, he was also inducted into the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the group's highest honor.

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Simmons is survived by his wife Renee, their three sons, and four grandchildren.

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