CARBONDALE — The University of Evansville is parting ways with men's basketball coach Marty Simmons after 11 seasons, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
The school has called a press conference Wednesday, but did not confirm Simmons' dismissal, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The Purple Aces finished 17-15 overall and 7-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, tying for seventh place. Guard Ryan Taylor (21.3 points per game) became the school's fifth league scoring champion in a row.
Simmons, an Evansville graduate, went 184-175 in 11 seasons at his alma mater, including 82-116 in league play. The Aces reached the finals of the MVC Tournament in 2016, losing to Northern Iowa on Wes Washpun's last-second shot. They played in five postseasons under Simmons, winning the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT) in 2015, but never competed in the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.
Simmons coached one year at Wartburg College, a Division III school in Iowa, in 1996-97 before winning 88 games in five years at SIU-Edwardsville when it was a Division II program.
Evansville could return eight players next season, including Taylor. The Aces signed one player last November, 6-foot-10 forward Aleks Novakovich from Hobart (Indiana) High School.
— Todd Hefferman