Simonson named Pittsfield football coach, returns to post after 21 years

Posted: Apr. 24, 2014 10:37 pm Updated: May. 9, 2014 12:15 am


PITTSFIELD, Ill. Curt Simonson is returning as Pittsfield's football coach for the 2014 season, 21 years after he left the program.

Pittsfield athletic director Don Bigley confirmed the Pikeland School Board approved Simonson's hiring Thursday night.

Since leaving the Pittsfield sideline after the 1993 season, Simonson was the principal at Higbee Junior High School and Pikeland Community School. He became superintendent at Liberty in 2004 before becoming the superintendent in the Downs Tri-Valley district in 2008.

During his first stint with the Saukees from 1982-93, Simonson went 75-46 with seven state playoff appearances. His best season came in 1984 when Pittsfield went 10-2 and advanced to the Class 3A semifinals.

The Saukees finished with a winning record in eight of Simonson's 12 seasons in charge.

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