San Francisco State announced Tuesday the retirement of athletic director Michael J. Simpson after 28 years as a coach and administrator at the school.
Simpson arrived at S.F. State as the baseball coach in 1985, going 326-289-4 with three Northern California Athletic Conference titles before stepping down as coach to become athletic director in 1997.
“Our student-athletes will always have a special place in my heart,” Simpson said in a statement. “As I have many fond memories of the times we have shared.”
Prior to joining S.F. State, Simpson spent five years as baseball coach at Westmont College in Santa Barbara from 1973-77, where his 87 career wins are second-most all-time at the school. He then spent three years coaching at his alma mater UC Santa Barbara.
He also spent time in the world of Major League Baseball as an associate scout for the New York Yankees from 1983-1985.
The school will now conduct a national search for a new athletic director. Until a replacement is found, Bill Nepfel, associate director of athletics, will serve in an interim capacity.
“Mike Simpson is an icon of S.F. State athletics,” Nepfel said. “While there were numerous individual and team victories in his tenure, Mike's true legacy is his unwavering commitment to the welfare of all Gator student-athletes, coaches and staff. Through his efforts, Gator athletic teams are poised to enjoy future success.”