The move announced Tuesday brings Simpson comes to the private school at 4200 W. 115th St. in Mount Greenwood from Sacred Heart Schools in Edgewater where he also served as the athletic director.
“Eric delivers the whole package for Marist — administrative experience, coaching experience and first-hand knowledge of Catholic education,” Tucker said. “We feel confident he can lead our successful program to the next level.”
Prior to Sacred Heart, Simpson worked as assistant athletic director at St. Ignatius College Prep in Little Italy and spent four years as athletic director at Marquette High School in Michigan City, Ind.
Simpson was also the head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University for four years and the assistant coach at University of Illinois at Chicago for three seasons. He attended Northwestern University for four years on a basketball scholarship.
Simpson will oversee 26 athletic programs that serve Marist’s 1,700 students, and a campus that includes a turf stadium lined for football, soccer, and lacrosse along with a grass soccer field, varsity and lower level fields for softball and baseball, tennis courts, three gymnasiums and a 4,000-square-foot fitness center.
Marist earned state titles in softball in 2012 and 2015. The softball team finished fourth in state this year. The football team finished second in state in 2009 and 2015. The wrestling squad finished second in state in 2014. Cheerleading finished second in state in 2013.
New programs such as lacrosse and rugby have also garnered success. Marist competes in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
“I look forward to working with a terrific coaching staff to support student development through competition in athletics,” Simpson said. “As athletic director, I will work to integrate the athletic programs into Marist’s core values and important mission.”