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Former HSU great Farmer Simmons passes away

Humboldt State Athletics

Humboldt State Hall of Famer Suzi Farmer Simmons sadly passed away on Jan. 15.

Farmer Simmons graduated from Humboldt State in 1991 and was inducted into the athletics Hall of Fame in 1994 after a stellar career with the women’s basketball team.

She was remembered fondly by her former coach and members of the HSU athletics department.

“There will always be a special place in my heart for Suzi,” former Humboldt State women’s basketball head coach Pam Martin said. “She was on the first team I coached at Humboldt. Suzi was a quiet leader who was committed to our vision and the hard work required to reach our goals. 

“Suzi was an athletic post player that ran the court like a gazelle. She wasn’t just a scorer but she dominated the boards, played great post defense and was active in our press. She helped set the standard for future players.”

Farmer Simmons was a 6-foot post player for the Lumberjacks from 1985 to 1989. 

She came to HSU from Butte Valley High School in Dorris, Calif., where she graduated in 1985. 

During the 1988-89 season, she was selected to the All-NCAC First Team. 

Suzi graduated from Humboldt State in 1991 with a degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. 

“Suzi was unique in that she did not desire limelight or attention but she fiercely wanted to win,” former HSU Director of Athletics Tom Trepiak said. “I remember when she attended an HSU spring preview day as a high school senior in the mid 80s. She was shy but determined. She dedicated herself to become one of the best centers in Humboldt State history.”

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