Simon will lead Mountaineers in cross country

Andre Simon is the new head coach of Mohawk College’s cross country team. The Hamilton native steps up from an assistant coaching role following a stellar career as a runner with the Mountaineers in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association competition.

After starting as a cross country and track and field athlete at Monseigneur-de-Laval elementary school, Simon was a brilliant performer at Bishop Ryan Secondary School taking most valuable player honours in both cross country and track and field from 2002-04, when he was also nominated for BR’s Athlete of the Year.

He was a two-time qualifier for Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations cross country finals and as a member of the Hamilton Olympic Club, was its Most Improved Athlete in 2002.

Simon, who represented Stoney Creek in the 2000 International Children’s Games, also excelled in distance races. He qualified as a junior for the Duathlon World Championships in Australia in 2005 and then the Triathlon World Championships in Switzerland in 2008 and Hungary in 2010. In the latter event, he was the first Canadian in his age group to cross the finish line. He’s also a former sprint triathlon age group national champion.