Michigan Wolverines: Red Simmons

Red Simmons dies at 102

April, 13, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Red Simmons, the founder of the Michigan women’s track and field program and a staple around the school’s athletic program, died Friday at age 102.

Simmons started at Michigan in 1959 as a physical education teacher following his retirement from the Detroit Police Department. At the beginning of his tenure, he began the Ann Arbor Women’s Track Club, called "The Michigammes."

It was a program that sent three women to the Olympics -- Francie Kraker Goodridge in 1968 and 1972 in track, Sperry Jones in 1968 as a kayaker and Micki King as a diver in 1972, when she won a gold medal.

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