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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
CIT Tournament Championship (2015)
GLVC Championship (2005-06)
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[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


  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
Succeeded by
Brian Sloan

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234 news items

Kokomo Tribune

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:43:46 -0800

“We were very sharp today for a lot of the game; that is something you absolutely have to do against Belmont,” head coach Marty Simmons said. “This was by far the best game we have played to this point. We had good execution, made the extra pass, set ...
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:49:34 -0800

“It is a great accomplishment for him, he has gotten better every year since he has been here and we are very proud of what he has done,” head coach Marty Simmons said. “With the game, we are going to have to play better tougher and smarter, we have a ...


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:26:15 -0800

“Being picked that high in such a competitive league is a testament to the guys on the floor,” coach Marty Simmons said. “This gives us a lot of confidence to start the season and we hope to be at the top of the league in March.” YOUNG BRAVES. To say ...

Chicago Tribune

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, ...

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Star
Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:29:09 -0800

Evansville — D.J. Balentine was kind of the forgotten scorer in that 2012 class in-state, but he's been aces (pun intended) for Marty Simmons. Just not sure if anybody can break the Wichita State/Northern Iowa-created glass ceiling in the MVC. 7 ...

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Star
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 12:56:36 -0800

Coach: Marty Simmons. Last season: 24-12, 9-9 in Missouri Valley Conference. Opener: vs. Southeast Missouri State, 3 p.m. Sunday. What have you done for me lately? The Purple Aces won their last five games on the way to winning the College Insider ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:31:20 -0700

Majerus once left a 30-minute recommendation for Sweeney on the voicemail of Evansville coach Marty Simmons. Simmons hired Sweeney as director of basketball operations. He was allowed to sit through a Majerus practice at St. Louis, and Sweeney ...


Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:32:18 -0800

This could be the best team coach Marty Simmons has assembled since taking over the Purple Aces in 2007. Typically, Evansville is a middle-of-the pack MVC squad, but there's potential for this team to step into the contender mix. Two players in ...

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