Ka-Deidre Simmons joined the St. Bonaventure women's basketball coaching staff in May 2021.
Simmons, originally from Newark, N.J., joins the Bonnies' staff after spending the last two seasons as the Coordinator of Basketball Operations at Seton Hall University. During her time in South Orange, Simmons helped in the development of Big East Most Improved Player and All-Big East First Team selection Lauren Park-Lane as well as Desiree Elmore, who also earned First Team honors.
Prior to coaching, Simmons was a standout player for the Pirates from 2010-15 and was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019. Simmons is the all-time leader in assists (562) and free throws made (502), second in steals (257) and is third in points (1,717). Simmons was also a two-time All-Big East First Team selection and helped lead Seton Hall to the WNIT Sweet 16 in 2014 and a NCAA Tournament bid in 2015.
Simmons played for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun during training camp and preseason under head coach Anne Donovan. She would then move on to play two seasons professionally overseas in Finland and Romania.
After returning to the States, Simmons was an assistant coach for the New Jersey Sparks AAU team where she focused on player and team development.
Simmons earned her Bachelors Degree from Seton Hall in Broadcast and Visual Media in June 2014 and received a Masters in strategic communications in May 2020.