New Jackson State Strength & Conditioning Coach Maurice “Mo” Sims is ready to take JSU football to a new level.
Sims comes to Jackson State after two seasons as an associate director of strength and conditioning with 2021 College Football National Champions, the University of Georgia. He has assisted at the University of North Carolina (2019), Army West Point (2017-2019), Indiana University (2014-2015), and North Carolina A&T (2012-2014).
Sims was an all-conference defensive back at Concord University prior to transferring to Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Getting JSU to the next level
Sims has a positive assessment of the Tigers.
“They bought into everything that we’ve asked them to do,” he said. “Attention to detail, working hard, finishing every rep. Just everything that we’ve asked them to do on the field, it’s also carried over to the weight room.
JSU got pushed around at the Celebration Bowl. Deion Sanders said so himself. That’s where Sims comes in. He said the team is getting stronger already.
“Getting their technique down and just perfecting their craft,” he said.
Sims’ said past experiences with other football programs have given him the knowledge to carry JSU in the right direction.
“I just think it goes back to all the people that I’ve worked for,” he said. “Medgar Harrison, Brian Hess, Scott Sinclair. All the people who prepared me for this moment. I’m just exemplifying the work that they put into me, I’m just giving it back to Jackson State.”
Sims said the game plan going forward is to keep progressing.
“Keep giving them the things that they need,” he said. “The strength is going to come with us working out, but just putting emphasis on mobility and different things of that nature to fine-tune their bodies, their machines so they’re prepared and ready to go and play fast and be smart, tough, disciplined.”
Maurice Sims brings ‘fire in the weight room’
Assistant Coach Tim Brewster said he loves coming in the weight room Sims leading the way.
“Him and his guys are creating some real fire in the weight room,” he said. “These guys are working, they’re working extremely hard. Bigger, stronger, faster, nastier every day.”
Coach “Flea” Gary Harrell spoke highly of Sims’ addition to the JSU program as well.
“He’s bringing in that new vibe, that new energy,” he said. “A lot of things we’re doing are going to carry on to the season.”