Posted: Apr 03, 2002
April 3, 2002|
Marty Simmons, a long-time assistant coach at the University of Evansville, has been named the head men's basketball coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Simmons, 37, holds a Business Administration degree from Evansville in 1987 and a master's of business administration from Evansville in 1993. He becomes the sixth men's basketball coach at SIUE and follows Jack Margenthaler, who retired at the end of this past season.
"Marty made the decision in selecting a new head coach very easy," said SIUE Director of Athletics Cindy Jones. "His enthusiasm and dedication is evident the moment you meet him. His teaching ability also shines through. His knowledge as a player and as a coach make him a good fit for SIUE."
Simmons was named an Illinois Mr. Basketball in 1983 after leading Lawrenceville High School to back-to-back state championships in 1982 and 1983. In four seasons as a prep player, Simmons and his teammates compiled a 123-7 record. In 1994, he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He continues to hold several state high school records for post-season appearances, free throws and rebounds as well as being No. 5 on the all-time scoring list with 2,986 points.
Simmons played for then-Indiana University Coach Bob Knight from 1983 to 1985. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1983 Hoosier Classic as a freshman and helped the Hoosiers to a Final Eight appearance in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers were runners-up in the 1985 National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
After a transfer to Evansville to follow Coach Jim Crews, Simmons scored 1,265 points in two seasons and led the Purples Aces to a conference championship and the 1988 team to the school's first-ever appearance in the NIT.
Simmons went on to play one season for the Lacrosse Catbirds of the Continental Basketball Association in 1988-1989 and one year as a All-Star for the Illinois Express of the World Basketball League in 1989-1990.
He turned to the coaching profession as a restricted earnings coach at his alma mater in 1990. From 1990 to 1996, Evansville won two Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT. As the recruiting coordinator, Simmons was responsible for bringing in three Academic All-American candidates and eight players who would later play professional basketball.
In 1996, Simmons left for Wartburg College where he posted a 10-14 record in men's basketball while serving as a health and wellness instructor and the men's golf coach.
He returned to his alma mater in 1997 as a full-time assistant, helping the Purple Aces to one Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship and one NCAA Tournament appearance.
Simmons and his wife, Angie, have three children: daughters Brittany, 14, and Kelsey, 10; and son Blake, 7.