Men's Gymnastics
Men's Gymnastics Coaching Staff
Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: (405) 325-8341
Email: taqiyasimmons@ou.edu

Abdullah-Simmons returned to OU to help the program continue the championship tradition that he helped build as a student-athlete. Abdullah-Simmons led the Sooners to three NCAA team championships during his time at Oklahoma (2005, 2006 and 2008) and also captured the 2007 NCAA All-Around title. In total, the Sooners’ newest assistant won nine All-America honors as a student-athlete, and also earned a spot on the 2004 U.S. Senior Men’s National Team.

During his second season as an assistant (2017), Oklahoma finished their third straight undefeated campaign and claimed their sixth straight MPSF Conference title and third straight NCAA national championship. Sophomore Yul Moldauer collected two event championships, one on floor and one on still rings. The Sooners became the fourth program to win back-to-back-to-back national titles and the first since 1983. In addition, seven Sooners finished with a total of 22 All-America honors. 

In his first season (2016), the Sooners completed a second straight unbeaten season and capped it with a fifth straight MPSF Conference title and the program's 10th NCAA national title. Colin Van Wicklen won the national title on floor and freshman Yul Moldauer became just the second freshman in NCAA history to win the national title in the all-around. Oklahoma posted four of the nine highest team totals in NCAA history during the regular season and in total, seven Sooners finished the year with 16 All-America honors.

For his efforts, Abdullah-Simmons and fellow assistant coach Steven Legendre were named the 2016 Assistant Coaches of the Year.

The Sooners' assistant also boasts a unique skill set as a performer. He spent two years working at Walt Disney World as part of the Festival of the Lion King. The Broadway style show is one of the most popular attractions at the park. More recently, Abdullah-Simmons performed with Cirque Du Soleil in Orlando, Fla., in one of the world-famous company’s longest running shows.

He started his career with a bang, winning two event titles during the regular season and taking the MPSF title on parallel bars in 2005. He continued his success at the NCAA Championships that season, helping the Sooners claim the national title.

In 2006, Abdullah-Simmons built on his fantastic freshman season. En route to a successful national title defense, he claimed six event titles during the regular season and earned three All-America honors (AA, VT, PB). He registered career highs on parallel bars and vault during the NCAA team finals to help secure OU’s seventh NCAA title.

As a junior in 2007, Abdullah-Simmons turned in perhaps his best individual season. He continued to push his personal high scores and earned numerous top finishes in the regular season. He earned second place in the all-around at the MPSF Championships and set season highs on vault and floor. He went on to win the NCAA all-around championship with a career-high score of 55.75, and took home All-America honors in all-around, rings, vault and high bar to lead Oklahoma to a runner-up finish.

In his final year, Abdullah-Simmons led the Sooners back to the top of collegiate gymnastics world. The Sooners would claim the 2008 NCAA title, giving Abdullah-Simmons his third national championship in his four years as a Sooner. He also earned the 2008 Prentice Gautt Award, given annually to the University of Oklahoma’s most outstanding African American student athlete.

Abdullah-Simmons graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies in 2008.