Simpson, 36, resigned his position at Vance in December after four years at the school. Vance was 28-20 while he was there.
At West Charlotte, he'll replace Aaron Brand, who led the Lions to a 9-4 record and their first ME-CA 7 championship since 1999. Brand, named conference coach of the year, was fired after the season by principal John Modest, who said he was looking to go in a different direction.
West Charlotte athletics director Masanori Toguchi said the school received more than 50 resumes for the vacant coaching job and he interviewed 15 candidates, ultimately narrowing down to four finalists.
"We just thought that Jeff had that pedigree," Toguchi said. "He's got the experience and the knowledge to take West Charlotte to a good place."
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