Distinguished Alumni 2003

William Brown Simpson, Jr.

William Brown Simpson, Jr. earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health with an emphasis in Leisure Services from Winthrop University in 1988. Immediately upon his graduation, he began his work with the Young Men's Christian Association in Rock Hill.

He served as the Athletic Director for the Rock Hill YMCA from 1988 to 1994. He coordinated numerous camps, basketball leagues, indoor soccer, track and field, recruited volunteers, organized special events, and trained and supervised staff. While under his direction, the YMCA athletic program grew in number of participants and program offerings. After serving as Athletic Director for six years, "Brownie" was promoted to Senior Program Director. As Senior Program Director, he directed Camp Cherokee, coordinated the Silver Fox Club (Senior Travel Club), and continued to provide guidance to a number of youth sport leagues. William Brown Simpson has provided leadership, guidance and foresight to the recreational programs in Rock Hill area through his dedication and commitment to the YMCA. In 1998, Mr. Simpson was named the Branch Director for the Chester County Branch of the YMCA and continues his invaluable service to the field.

In 1999, the College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences recognized Mr. Simpson's contributions by presenting him with the Award of Excellence. In addition to his work with the YMCA, he has found time to be one of the top high school softball officials in the state. He was named an All-Star South Carolina Official by the Association of Women's Sport in 2002.

He is married to Kimberly Ann Paul and the proud father of Allison Hannah and Margaret Grace. It is fitting that this former Eagle Scout be named a Distinguished Alumni.