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UE officially parts ways with Marty Simmons

The Purple Aces are beginning a search for a new coach

On Wednesday, the University of Evansville officially announced the firing of men's head basketball coach Marty Simmons.

On Tuesday, sources told Eyewitness News that Simmons had been released.

Here's the statement released Wednesday by UE's Director of Athletics Mark Spencer:

“After evaluating our Men’s Basketball program, I have determined that a change in leadership is necessary at this time. Today is particularly difficult because Coach Simmons has been a part of the University of Evansville basketball history for more than three decades as a player and coach.

Under his leadership we have not achieved the level of competitive excellence that we expect at the University of Evansville. That should not detract from the substantial contributions Marty has made on behalf of Evansville Basketball during his tenure.  We wish him and his family nothing but the best, and we thank his staff and their families, as well, for their many contributions to our program.

Evansville’s goal is to be a highly-valued member of the Missouri Valley Conference and to regularly compete on a national stage. Success in men’s basketball is central to our strategy, so over the past decade we have increased our investment in the basketball program, including building a practice facility and increasing operational support.

Starting today, we will begin a national search enlisting a small group of past players and longtime UE supporters for their ideas, opinions and suggestions. Until the process is complete, we will not comment further on the search.”

In 2016, Simmons had signed a contract extension with the university.

Prior to his return to Evansville in 2007, Simmons served as head coach for five years at Division II Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

The Purple Aces finished the 2017/18 season with a 17-15 record.

Spencer on the decision

 

 

 

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(This story was originally published on March 14, 2018)


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