The Howard Payne University football program announced Wednesday that current assistant coach Hunter Sims has been promoted to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

It is great to have a young, talented coach like Hunter working in a new role on the HPU coaching staff, said Yellow Jackets head coach Roger Geise. He will bring some much-needed energy to the position and will be a positive influence to the young men in our program.

Sims has been an assistant on the Yellow Jacket coaching staff for the past three seasons. During his first two years with HPU, he was the wide receivers coach and then worked as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator in his third season.

I am excited about the opportunity to help carry on the tradition of Howard Payne football, Sims said. I look forward to the great things this program and the university will do in the future.

Sims worked as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach at Angelo State University before coming to HPU. Also during that time, Sims helped coach defensive backs for the professional arena football team San Angelo Stampede of the IFL (Intense Football League). After his college playing career was over, he served as a student assistant at McMurry University working with wide receivers and quarterbacks.

As a player, Sims was a three-year letterman and two-time academic all-conference selection for McMurry University at quarterback. He went on to play quarterback in the GFL (German Football League) for the professional Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. He also played one season with the San Angelo Stampede and Frisco Thunder of the IFL.

While in Germany playing professional football, Sims was also the head baseball coach of the Schwabisch Renegades baseball team (mens team 18 and up). Sims led them to the Landesliga Championship and was named coach of the year.

Sims has also worked football camps around the state and spent extensive time working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a camp counselor.

Sims is a 2007 graduate of McMurry University with a degree in Education and a minor in History and in 2010 he finished a masters degree in Sports Management. He married his wife, Shannon, in the summer of 2011.