Mar 15, 2007
March 15, 2007|
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Marty Simmons, who led Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to its first Elite Eight appearance in men's basketball in 2006, immediately will resign his position at SIUE to take the head coaching position at the University of Evansville.
SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt said an immediate search would begin to find a replacement for Simmons. Hewitt said the Cougars will be looking for a head coach who can build on Simmons' record and off his success as SIUE prepares to make the transition into NCAA Division I athletics.
"While we would rather not see Marty go, we recognize how great of an opportunity this is for him and his family," said Hewitt. "Marty has propelled SIUE's men's basketball program to a new level, and we are thankful for all that he has done."
Simmons returns to his alma mater to lead the Purple Aces, where he previously was an assistant coach from 1990 to 1996 and 1997 to 2002. Simmons also was named among the top 15 players of all-time at Evansville in 2005.
Simmons coached at SIUE for five seasons and led the Cougars to an 88-59 record during his stay. He took SIUE to the NCAA Tournament in his third season as head coach in 2004-2005; the Cougars' first time in 15 seasons. SIUE returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2005-2006, winning the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight after breaking the school record for wins with 25.
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Coach of the Year in 2004-2005, Simmons helped SIUE to appear in the NCAA Division II national rankings in 16 weeks over the past three seasons.