“We’re very fortunate to have someone with Lazarus’ background on our staff,” said Boeheim. “He’s been successful at everything he’s taken on.”
Sims will coordinate all personal, career and life skills development programming for members of the men’s basketball program. He will also coordinate student-athlete community service projects and be responsible for supervising the managerial staff and its duties at practice.
Sims earned his bachelor’s degree in child and family studies from SU in 1996. He was a four-year letterwinner with the
He pursued a professional basketball career after leaving
Sims began two seasons with the St. Louis Swarm of the International Basketball League (IBL) in 1999. He averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds, and the Swarm won the IBL Championship. The squad, coached by Bernie Bickerstaff, successfully defended its title with Sims on the roster in 2000-01.
In 2001, Sims played for the Florida Sea Dragons of the USBL. He spent the 2001-02 Continental Basketball Association (CBA) season with the Rockford Lightning and averaged 12.1 points, 6.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 41 games. Sims was back with the Sea Dragons in 2002 (8.5 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 3.3 apg.) and then saw action in 13 games with the Great Lakes Storm (6.7 ppg., 3.2 rpg., 6.2 apg.) in the CBA. He was released by the Storm and signed with the Grand Rapids Hoops (26 games, 8.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 4.0 apg.) for the remainder of the campaign.
Sims was a part of the USBL Champion Dodge City Legend (8.0 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 7.3 apg.) in 2003. That year he also began a three-year tenure as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters’ competitive and show team, a stint that included an exhibition game against
From 2005-07, he was a player and assistant coach for the Rochester RazorSharks of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He made the league all-star team both years.
Sims has run basketball clinics in the