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Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms retires due to kidney disease

Clyde Simms (2008 photo by Ben Stanfield via wikipedia commons)

Clyde Simms was in his prime at just 32 years of age when he retired from Major League Soccer recently.

He had a good reason too. His health!

The former midfielder of the New England Revolution decided to hang up the soccer cleats in early 2014 due to a battle with kidney disease.

Clyde’s disease – Focal Segmental Glomerlo-sclerosis (FSGS) – has now progressed to the point that he needs a kidney transplant.

The usual waiting time for a suitable match is about four years, and many people on the waiting list really don’t have that long before needing to go on dialysis, including Simms.

People interested in donating a kidney first need to contact a donation center and be tested. To be tested to see if you are a match to help Clyde, or any other person waiting for a kidney match, please contact the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Living Donor Program at (617) 643-7193.

For more information, www.revolutionsoccer.net/OurFriendClyde.

Simms is a graduate of East Carolina University. While playing as a Pirate, in 72 games, he scored 7 goals and handed out 7 assists and was the team captain his final three seasons.

In the MLS, he played for D.C. United from 2005-2013 and with the Revolution in 2012 and 2013. He played for the U.S. National Team in 2005.

The 5’9 defensive midfielder was born in Jamestown, North Carolina.

 

Jeff Lebo hired to rebuild East Carolina University basketball program

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jeff Lebo introduced at East Carolina (ECU)

Recently fired Auburn head basketball coach Jeff Lebo didn’t waste any time getting another head job. He was introduced Tuesday as the new head men’s basketball coach at East Carolina University. Located in Greenville, the Pirates have had a struggling program for years.

The school decided on Lebo to replace Mack McCarthy, who spent three seasons on the sideline for the Pirates before resigning to take a fundraising job in the school’s athletics department. Lebo spent the last six seasons at Auburn, going 96-93 overall before he was fired earlier in March.

The 43-year-old Lebo played at North Carolina under the legendary Dean Smith in the late 80′s and had coached at Tennessee Tech and Chattanooga before Auburn.  He is a very popular figure in the state of North Carolina.

Lebo inherits a difficult job at East Carolina, a Conference USA school located in the shadows of instate Atlantic Coast Conference programs Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State. The program hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since making a surprise run to win the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in 1993 and hasn’t had a winning record since 1996-97. In the years since, East Carolina has reached .500 once and compiled a 141-230 record.

Lebo had a strong start to his head coaching career, taking over Tennessee Tech program in 1998 that was coming off four straight losing seasons. Two years later, Tennessee Tech had its first 20-win season in a half-century, then won 27 games and reached the NIT in 2002.

Lebo then was hired at Chattanooga and won 40 games in two seasons before taking over at Auburn for the 2004-05 season. However, Lebo discovered that the Southeastern Conference was tougher to coach and recruit in than any league he’d been associated with. He went 35-61 at Auburn in SEC play while the team’s 2009 NIT appearance was his only postseason trip there.