Steve Shimko is the latest former Garden City Community College football assistant to move to a job at a higher level, taking a position on the staff of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
It did not take long to find his replacement, as on Friday GCCC officially hired new offensive coordinator Pete Collins, who had connections with both Shimko and two other coaches currently on the Broncbusters’ staff.
Shimko will now be the quality control under new Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, after two seasons being in charge of the Busters’ offense, producing an NJCAA championship in one season and the KJCCC’s top offense in the other.
“Coach Shimko has a lot to be proud of for the results he brought to Garden City,” GCCC head coach Jeff Sims said. “I think it was a blessing for Garden City to have him here as a football coach, and it’s exciting to see what other things happen for him.”
Shimko first helped the Busters go from 3-8 in 2015 to 11-0 and an NJCAA championships in 2016, his first year with the program. And during 2016, he helped develop former Buster Peyton Huslig from a college qualifier, but with no scholarship offers out of high school, and a third-string QB on the Busters’ roster, into the NJCAA championship starting QB and then a sophomore starter at Missouri State in 2017.
Then, in 2017, Shimko and Oregon transfer Terry Wilson built an explosive Buster offense that led the KJCCC in points per game (34.8) and yards per game (379.4).
“What we did in Garden City was so special, because we turned things around,” Shimko said in a release on GCCC’s athletics website.
Attempts to reach Shimko went unreturned this week.
“I have so many people to thank,” Shimko told the college. “Coach Sims has been a mentor of mine, and I appreciate him giving me the opportunity. We had a lot of fun the last two years.”
As he was leaving GCCC, according to Sims, Shimko gave a glowing recommendation for Collins, who took over OC duties Friday.
“He’s a very hard working, intelligent football coach,” Sims said, referencing he got recommendations for Collins from offensive line coach Josh Beekman, who worked with Collins at Florida International, and defensive coordinator Josh Hager, whose father worked with Collins in New Jersey.
Collins said the familiarity with coaches already on the GCCC staff helped him make the decision to leave his former position as associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Becker College in Leicester, Mass, where he spent his last two seasons.
“They all spoke highly of coach Sims and the program, and they said it would be a great step in my career, so I packed up my family and headed to Garden City,” Collins said Friday.
Collins, 33, previously was an offensive graduate assistant at Florida International for three years, and prior to that the player development coach at Rutgers University.
He is originally from Marshfield, Mass., and is a 2007 graduate of the University of Mary Washington,. He earned a Master’s degree in recreation and sports management from FIU in 2015.
Collins and his wife, Amy, have a 2-year-old daughter, Maddie.