Simas, a native of Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, graduated Cum Laude from Union in December of 2004 with a degree in
Marketing with a minor in Spanish. His cumulative GPA was 3.59.
Simas has numerous soccer coaching
credentials and experience. He was certified through the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America when he received his Advanced National Coaching License
in 2003. During his time since finishing his playing career at Union, Simas
served as coach for the Union women’s soccer club team from 2002-2003. He also
was the boy’s varsity head coach at Trinity Christian Academy in 2003. In
addition, Simas has worked with the Englewood Baptist Soccer Academy and the
Jackson Club – Under 10 league.
Among his numerous soccer
achievements, Simas represented the Brazilian National Team and helped lead the
team to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Title in 1996. That season, he led the team in
points. Simas also represented teh World United team as the team captain and
helped lead the team to the US National Futsal Title in 2003. Over his youth,
high school, and college career, Simas has been a part of numerous championship
teams including but not limited to the Kansas City Midwest Division Title (1999,
2000), Minas Gerais State Title (1996, 1997), Futsal World Cup Title (1996),
Flowers Tournament of Australia (1996), Iberia Cup Title (1993) and Span Cup
Title (1992). The player career of Simas also produced several individual honors
such as NPSL All-Star (1999-2001), NPSL Rookie of the Year (1999), Kansas City
Attack Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001). Simas also was honored for
being the high scorer in several events (Minas Tenis Clube, Flowers Tournament,
Santa Catarina Open, and Cup of Spain).
Simas and his wife Doris live in
Jackson with their two children, Gabriele (14) and Camila (12).
Scott Marksberry begins his first
season as the assistant coach for the Union University men’s soccer team.
Marksbery spent four seasons playing for Union during the first four years of
the program’s existence from 1998-2001.
Marksberry graduated Magna Cum Laude
in May of 2002 with a major in Business Management and a minor in Christian
Ministry/Recreation. Since graduating from Union, Marksberry served as the
Assistant Director of Operations for the Memphis Athletic Ministries from August
2002 through May of 2004. He also worked during the summers of 2002, 2004, and
2005 as a Head Coach and Camp Director for the Chicago Eagles Soccer Ministry.
Marksberry has also spent numerous hours serving in missions and volunteer work.
Marksberry was a Young Life Leader, did International Mission work in Brazil,
Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa. In January of 2007, Marksberry earned his NSCAA National Diploma.
After coming to Union as a student
in 1998, Marksberry took advantage of several coaching and playing
opportunities. He trained for three weeks with Botafogo FC in Riberao Preto,
Brazil in 2000, played with the Chicago Eagles in 2004, and coach a team of
college players on a playing tour of Brazil in 2005.
During his playing career at Union,
Marksberry earned numerous honors. In 1999, he helped lead Union to their first
ever NAIA National ranking as they reached the No. 19 spot. In 2000, he was
named Union University Futsal Invitational MVP, Boise Cup MVP, NAIA Scholar
Athlete, TranSouth Conference and NAIA Region XI Player of the Week, NCCAA All-MidEast
Region, and NCCAA All-American. In 2001, he earned NAIA Scholar Athlete, NCCAA
Academic All-American, NCCAA MidEast Region Player of the Year, and NCCAA
Marksberry was also Union’s Team
Captain from 1999-2001. He tallied 23 career goals, 25 career assists, and 71
career points. He leads Union’s all-time list with 87 career starts and he
played in all 89 team matches during his career.