On Thursday, the University of Evansville officially named Walter McCarty as its new head coach of the men’s basketball team.

McCarty was one of three candidates the school was considering for the job after Marty Simmons was released following the 2017/18 season.

The announcement comes just one day after McCarty interviewed with the school.

McCarty, an Evansville native and former Harrison High School star, comes to UE after being an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.

He played collegiately from 1993-1996 at the University of Kentucky.

He played in the NBA from 1996-2006.

From 2007-2010, McCarty was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. He also served as an assistant with the Indiana Pacers before becoming an assistant for the Celtics.

Other candidates

Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland were the other two candidates interviewed with the school for the job.

Both are Evansville natives, who played at Harrison High School.

Cheaney played NCAA basketball at Indiana University from 1990-93, where he became the Big 10’s all-time leading scorer with 2,613 points. Cheaney also played in the NBA from 1993-2006.

From 2013-16, Cheaney was an assistant coach at Saint Louis University.

Ragland is an assistant coach at Valparaiso University and a former University of Southern Indiana player.

He has also been an assistant coach for Northern Kentucky University, Bowling Green, and Indiana State in the past.

He has two years of head coaching experience with the Vincennes University men’s basketball program.

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(This story was originally published on March 22, 2018)