Former East High standout has gained state, regional and national honors at Senior Olympics, Masters and U.S. Track & Field (USTF) events. Once held Masters indoor high jump record for 70-74 age group (4 feet, 4.25 inches). Captured gold medals in 65-69 age group at 1996 Ohio Senior Olympics in high jump, long jump and 100-meter run. A year later, won high jump, long jump, triple jump and 60-meter hurdles at Ontario Masters indoor championships; then won silvers in high jump and triple jump and bronze in 60 hurdles at USTF Nationals. In 1998, won all three jump events at USTF Midwest Regional Masters Indoor Championships.
William Simmons received the Phil Dietrich Senior Athlete Award in 2009.