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Marty Simmons
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Evansville
Conference MVC
Biographical details
Born (1965-02-21) February 21, 1965 (age 51)
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 championship (2015)
GLVC championship (2006)
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
2015–16 Evansville 25–9 12–6 T–2nd
Evansville: 151–142 (.515) 69–93 (.426)
Total: 249–215 (.537)

      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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Dayton Daily News

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 17:08:27 -0700

Goodman said three candidates — Nagy, Joe Dooley of Florida Gulf Coast and Marty Simmons of Evansville — met recently with Wright State players on campus before Nagy emerged as the favorite to replace Billy Donlon, who was fired March 11 after going ...


Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:33:45 -0700

He sits no more than 4 feet off the ground, and may not look like most ball players. His teammates aren't 12-years-old and bound to a wheelchair, either. But that doesn't matter to Marty Simmons, head coach of the University of Evansville men's ...
Carmi Times
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:15:36 -0700

Notable names from Illinois included Archie Dees and Tyra Buss from Mt. Carmel; Ron Felling, Jay Shidler and Marty Simmons from Lawrenceville; and Jerry and Brian Sloan from McLeansboro. Coach Steed was selected for her accomplishments as a player ...

Naples Daily News

Naples Daily News
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:37:09 -0700

Marty Simmons, Scott Nagy, Joe Dooley." By Monday morning, it was obvious the 49-year-old Nagy, who was 404-239 in 21 seasons at South Dakota State, had gotten the Wright State job. And Kavanagh said no other school had contacted him to speak to ...
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:12:43 -0700

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — High school guard Jaiveon Ellis signed a national letter-of-intent with Evansville on Wednesday. In announcing the addition, Purple Aces coach Marty Simmons called Ellis a versatile scorer who already has the "strength and ...

The Edwardsville Intelligencer

The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:24:07 -0800

Marty Simmons, left, and Lennox Forrester, center, are two former SIUE head coaches. Buy this photo. For the Intelligencer | Posted: Friday, March 4, 2016 1:07 pm. Marty Simmons, left, and Lennox Forrester, center, are two former SIUE head coaches now ...

The Herald

The Herald
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:33:45 -0700

Chinn expects the roots of the Jeep system will remain the same with the motion offense that both Matheis and his college coach, UE's Marty Simmons, both employed. Now, the Jeeps just might ramp up the speed a bit more. “We'll keep the basic system.

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