Roy Simmons, Sr. was born in 1901 in Philadelphia and attended Hyde Park High School in Chicago and later, Syracuse University, graduating in 1925.
In high school, Roy played football, basketball, baseball and was on the track team.
At Syracuse, he played varsity football, organized the boxing team, and played varsity lacrosse. He was captain of the freshman football team in 1921, the varsity football team in 1924 and won the "Most Valuable Football Player Award" in 1924. Playing varsity lacrosse in 1924 and 1925, he played every minute of all games for both years that Syracuse was national champion.
His coaching history included backfield coach at Syracuse immediately following graduation. In 1959, the football team won the national championship. As varsity boxing coach, his teams won 14 Eastern Championships.
Roy coached varsity lacrosse from 1931 through 1970. His coaching record was 253 wins, 130 losses. He was on the North coaching staff for the annual North/South games in 1946, 1952, 1954 and 1963. He was head coach in 1954 and 1963.
In addition to coaching, Roy was been a member of the NCAA Rules Committee on two occasions while connected with the USILA.
Roy Simmons Sr. passed away in 1994.