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Marty Simmons
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Evansville
Biographical details
Born (1965-02-21) February 21, 1965 (age 50)
Lawrenceville, Illinois
Playing career
1983–1985 Indiana
1986–1988 Evansville
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1996 Evansville (asst.)
1996–1997 Wartburg
1997–2002 Evansville (asst.)
2002–2007 SIU Edwardsville
2007–present Evansville
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
CIT Tournament Championship (2015)
GLVC Championship (2005-06)
Awards
Illinois Mr. Basketball (1983)
IBCA Hall of Fame (1994)
UE Hall of Fame (1997)
100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament (2007)

Marty Simmons (born February 21, 1965) is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Evansville. He was elected Mr. Illinois Basketball in 1983. He started his collegiate basketball career at Indiana University, before finishing up at the University of Evansville.

High school[edit]

Simmons was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Illinois and attended Lawrenceville High School, graduating in 1983. While attending high school, Simmons lead the Indians to consecutive 34-0 seasons and IHSA Class A state championships, becoming one of the most celebrated players in Illinois prep history. Because of Simmons’ ability to "carry" his team the nickname of ‘Mule’ was given to him during his junior year. His 2,986 career points were the third most in Illinois history when he graduated in 1983. Simmons played for legendary IHSA coach Ron Felling, who went on to become an assistant coach at Indiana University.

In 2006, Simmons was voted as one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament, a group of former players and coaches in honor of the 100 anniversary of the IHSA boys basketball tournament.

College[edit]

After high school, Simmons spent his first two years of college playing for Bob Knight and the Indiana University Hoosiers. During his freshman year, he was an integral part of the Hoosiers' “Elite Eight” run in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. His 1985 team at Indiana finished second in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). After Simmons’ sophomore year, however, he transferred to the University of Evansville to play for former Indiana assistant coach Jim Crews. Crews made Simmons the Aces’ team captain, even though he had to redshirt the 1985–86 season. When Simmons became eligible, he immediately helped turn around the UE program. During the 1986–87 he averaged 22.4 points per game and led Evansville to a first place tie in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. During his senior year, Simmons finished sixth in the nation in scoring at 25.9 points per game, and finished ninth in balloting for the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year. Evansville posted a 21–8 record in 1988 and recorded a first-round win over Utah in the NIT. Simmons was named to the first team all-MCC in both of his seasons at UE. Despite playing only two seasons at Evansville, Simmons ranks 22nd all-time with 1,265 points.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Evansville, Simmons played the 1988–89 season for the La Crosse Catbirds of the Continental Basketball Association. During the 1989–90 season, while playing for the Illinois Express, Simmons made the World Basketball League all-star team.

After being a part-time assistant coach for Evansville from 1990–1996, Simmons became the head coach at Division III Wartburg College (Iowa) for the 1996–97 season. Simmons returned to the University of Evansville the next season as a full-time assistant coach, and stayed at UE until becoming the head coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in April 2002. In 2007, after five years of coaching while producing 88 wins and 59 losses for the Cougars, Simmons once again returned to UE, this time as the head coach.

Recognition[edit]

Simmons was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame in 1994,[1] and the University of Evansville Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2007, Simmons was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament," recognizing his superior performance in his appearances in the tournament.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wartburg College[3] (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Div.III)) (1996–1997)
1996–97 Wartburg College 10–14 7-9 t-7th
Wartburg College: 10–14 (.417) 7-9 (.438)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville[4] (Great Lakes Valley Conference (Div.II)) (2002–2007)
2002–03 SIU Edwardsville 9–18 5–15 T-9th
2003–04 SIU Edwardsville 16–12 11–9 T-5th
2004–05 SIU Edwardsville 23–9 15–5 2nd NCAA Division II 1st Round
2005–06 SIU Edwardsville 25–8 14–5 T-1st West NCAA Division II Elite Eight
2006–07 SIU Edwardsville 15–12 10–9 5th West
SIU Edwardsville: 88–59 (.599) 55–43 (.561)
University of Evansville[5] (Missouri Valley Conference) (2007–present)
2007–08 Evansville 9–21 3–15 10th
2008–09 Evansville 17–14 8–10 T-5th CIT 1st Round
2009–10 Evansville 9–21 3–15 10th
2010–11 Evansville 16–16 9–9 6th CBI 2nd Round
2011–12 Evansville 16–16 9–9 T–3rd CBI 1st Round
2012–13 Evansville 21–15 10–8 4th CIT Semifinals
2013–14 Evansville 14–19 6–12 T–8th
2014–15 Evansville 24–12 9–9 5th CIT Champions
Evansville: 126–134 (.485) 57–87 (.396)
Total: 224–207 (.520)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1994 IBCA Hall of Fame
  2. ^ IHSA - Legends of Boys Basketball
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Records". Wartburg Athletics. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "SIUE Men's Basketball - Coaching Records". SIUE Cougars. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2007-08 thru 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedules". University of Evansville. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bruce Douglas
Illinois Mr. Basketball Award Winner
1983
Succeeded by
Brian Sloan

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337 news items

 
Staunton News Leader
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:52:30 -0700

Marvin Simmons. STAUNTON – Marvin “Marty” Simmons, 62, son of Albert and Elizabeth Simmons, died Aug. 13, 2015. Surviving are a son, Rusty Simmons; a granddaughter, Alexandra Simmons; and three siblings, Helen Hibbs, Ann Clark and Lee ...
 
Evansville Courier & Press
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:11:15 -0700

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Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville Courier & Press
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:15:00 -0700

“Overall, I just want to improve my game and help the team to do better next season.” Evansville head coach Marty Simmons talked to Mockevicius early in his visit overseas and kept tabs on the big man's performances throughout the World University Games.
 
Evansville Courier & Press
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:48:45 -0700

"We feel like we've got some challenging teams both at home and away and during tournament play," Evansville coach Marty Simmons said. "We're going to see a lot of different size, styles and athleticism. I think it will certainly get us ready for ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:48:45 -0800

After a wondrous season at Lawrenceville High School that culminated in a second consecutive Class A state championship, it's no wonder Marty Simmons has been named Illinois' Mr. Basketball for 1983. Consider the accomplishments of the 6-foot-5 inch, ...

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville Courier & Press
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:08:46 -0800

"I've been away from there but I was trying to tell my family when Purdue and IU played the other night — and I'm sure it's the same now — but when I played there that rivalry was phenomenal," said Evansville coach Marty Simmons, who played his first ...
 
Evansville Courier & Press
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:48:42 -0700

“They've certainly got a heck of a program, and they're maybe somewhat different than what you play against every day,” Evansville coach Marty Simmons said. “They really trap in the full court, three-quarter court and in the half court.” Evansville ...
 
Evansville Courier & Press
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:48:45 -0700

“At 6-5, his length is just something you can't teach,” UE coach Marty Simmons said. “Defensively, he can get his hands on a lot of balls. I think he'll be a terrific defensive player and he can be a great rebounder from the guard position. I think he ...
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