- Orange County School District
Andy Simmons named Athletic Director of the Year
October 28, 2020
For Immediate Release
Artie Kamiya, Executive Director
Two Durham Residents Receive Top Athletics Honors
Durham, NC - NC SHAPE, North Carolina’s non-profit professional organization for health and physical education teachers, is pleased to announce that two Durham residents, Andy Simmons and Margratha Y. Chambers - are recipients of this year’s High School Athletic Director of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award respectively.
Deanna Morris, 2020 NC SHAPE President states, “The two individuals selected reflect the highest quality of athletic education excellence and dedication to the youth they serve. We are so pleased to be able to highlight these educators as they represent the very best from the more than 4,000 K-12 health and physical education teachers working in North Carolina.”
This year’s recipients include:
- Andy Simmons, Orange County Public Schools
- Margratha Y. Chambers, Retired Durham Public Schools
Andy Simmons is the Athletic Director at Cedar Ridge High School in Orange County and has been a public school educator for 27 years. He is a native of Clinton, NC and a 1994 graduate of East Carolina University where he earned a degree in physical education. Prior to his career at Cedar Ridge, he taught at Western Harnett High School for 3 years and Orange High School for five years. In addition to being a dedicated PE Teacher, Simmons has been AD at Cedar Ridge High School for 10 years this December, having served eight years as Assistant AD there, prior to being named AD.
More about Andy Simmons ...
His credentials include National Board Certified Teacher status, Accredited Interscholastic Coach, Certified Interscholastic Coach, and Certified Athletic Administrator.
At Cedar Ridge, he has served as the department chair for physical education for 18 years.
Eight of those years, he also was the Head Coach of the Varsity Baseball Team, with 105 wins and three Conference Championships.
He was named Conference Baseball Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006 and in 2007.
Simmons has been married 16 years to his wife, Noelle; together they have two daughters, Reagan, 13, and Madison, 11, both of whom are active in school and travel sports. In his spare time, Simmons watches all varieties of sports and he enjoys supporting his daughters at their volleyball and softball events.
Margratha Y Chambers retired from Riverside High School in Durham. She started at Githens Middle School and transferred to Riverside High School as a teacher, coach and Athletic Director for 27 years. She completed 37 years in Durham Public Schools. Coach Chambers was inducted into the Alex Rivera Hall of Fame of North Carolina Central University for meritorious service with the Women Athletic Association. The Class of 2011 named the gymnasium basketball court (“Chamber’s Court”) in her honor.
Artie Kamiya, NC SHAPE Executive Director