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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
1986–1988
Indiana
Evansville
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1996
1996–1997
1997–2002
2002–2007
2007–present
Evansville (asst.)
Wartburg
Evansville (asst.)
SIU Edwardsville
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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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
Sat, 16 May 2015 15:18:45 -0700

University of Evansville coach Marty Simmons has no issue with shortening the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, one of several proposals recommended by the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee on Friday. After all, the Aces went 5-0 in winning the ...

Wichita Eagle

Wichita Eagle
Wed, 20 May 2015 07:56:08 -0700

Forrester and current UE head coach Marty Simmons were assistants under Jim Crews and Novsek played high school ball with Simmons. 4. Is this team an MVC contender? Middle of the pack? Thursday contender? This will likely be the best team in coach ...

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

Evansville Courier & Press
Fri, 08 May 2015 17:05:13 -0700

In an unofficial visit to UE, Smith toured the Carson Center practice facility and the Ford Center with head coach Marty Simmons and his assistants. “They kind of pitched the hometown thing, how it's a good experience to have your family still be able ...

Hoosier State of Mind

Hoosier State of Mind
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:41:15 -0800

Earlier this season, James Blackmon Jr., was the talk of the college basketball world. The freshman sharp shooter was shooting close to 50% from the floor and 46% from behind the arc during his first nine games as a Hoosier. In his last five games ...

FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV

FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:26:15 -0700

I am hoping for another cup," said Marty Simmons. Ask them about Game 7s, and you'll find out what it's like to watch something more frightening than a horror movie. "It's scary. The win is powerful but the loss hurts a lot worse. Every second your ...

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville Courier & Press
Tue, 05 May 2015 09:59:03 -0700

“I know he wanted to finish his career the right way, and that's with his team achieving success,” Aces coach Marty Simmons said. Mockevicius said continuing his education is also another benefit for remaining at UE. He is completing his requirements ...
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