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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 49)
Lawrenceville, Illinois
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Evansville (asst.)
Evansville (asst.)
SIU Edwardsville
Accomplishments and honors
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.


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.


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.


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 (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1996–1997)
1996–97 Wartburg College 10–14 7-9 t-7th
Wartburg College: 10–14 7-9
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Great Lakes Valley Conference) (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 55–43
University of Evansville (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
Evansville: 102–122 (.455) 48–78 (.381)
Total: 187–184 (.504)

      National 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


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23 news items

Evansville Courier & Press
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:09:04 -0800

“I thought he was outstanding,” Marty Simmons said. “He had a lot of energy. He scored well. He rebounded well. He blocked (two) shots and the shots he didn't block, he affected.” The Aces held the Redhawks (1-1) to 40 percent shooting. L.J. Livingston ...
14 News WFIE Evansville
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:37:30 -0800

We kept them off the foul line and were able to do well in many other parts,” head coach Marty Simmons said. “Egidijus did a great job for us tonight. He had the flu bug earlier in the week, but was able to come in and do so many good things for us ...

Courier & Press

Courier & Press
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:49:41 -0700

“I think it's nice to be recognized like that,” said Evansville coach Marty Simmons, whose team tied for eighth place in the MVC last season with a 6-12 conference record. “I think any coach or any player in the league has the goal to be able to ...
Sports Chat Place
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:26:15 -0800

The Purple Aces and Coach Marty Simmons should take that momentum and their new found experience and accomplish much more in 2014-2015. D.J. Balentine, a 6-2 junior, will again lead the way after averaging an impressive 22.8 points and 4.2 assists.

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville Courier & Press
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:13:57 -0800

Taking a look at the stat sheet after the University of Evansville men's basketball team's 116-45 romp over outmanned Earlham on Saturday before an announced crowd of 4,238 at the Ford Center, neither junior guard D.J. Balentine nor coach Marty Simmons ...

Springfield News-Leader

Springfield News-Leader
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:05:50 -0800

14, Evansville – Win (11-6, 3-2) over the fighting Sweater Vests (coach Marty Simmons' fashion choice). Jan. 18, at Northern Iowa – Loss (11-7, 3-3) against Panthers' team that's a legit contender. Jan. 21, Wichita State – Win (12-7, 4-3). OK, I'm ...
14 News WFIE Evansville
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:11:15 -0800

The high-scoring guard is coming off of a junior campaign at Howe where he averaged 27 points per game while scoring 50 and 51 in consecutive outings. “Harris is an explosive scorer that we are excited to add to our roster,” UE head coach Marty Simmons ...

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Star
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:27:59 -0800

Coach Marty Simmons' son, Blake, was the Valley's top-scoring true freshman last season at 9.3. Indiana State. Last year: 23-11 (12-6 in Missouri Valley Conference). Skinny: Gone are the Jake Odum days, which is impactful. Odum was the heart and soul ...

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