Eastern Illinois Panthers basketball

Eastern Illinois Panthers basketball history

Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL)
Lantz Arena
Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)

Current head coach: Marty Simmons (2021-)

  • Asst: Doug Novsek (2021-)
  • Asst: Justin Walker (2021-)
  • Asst: Quinn Peterson (2021-)
  • Asst. to the HC: Jack Raboin (2021-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1992, 2001)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  0-2
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NIT Overall Record:  0-0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2015)
  • CIT Overall Record:  0-1
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  6  (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four:  2  (1976, 1978)   
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Overall Record:  11-7
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  6  (1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957)
  • NAIA Tournament Semifinals:  1  (1957)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  7-7

Conference Titles (IIAC, Summit League, Ohio Valley):

Award Winners:




Eastern Illinois head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Marty Simmons 2021-Pres 5-26 0 0 0
Jay Spoonhour 2012-21 119-157 0 0 0
Mike Miller 2005-12 75-130 0 0 0
Rick Samuels 1980-2005 360-360 0 2 0
Don Eddy 1968-80 208-129 1^ 6^ 0
John Caine 1967-68 9-16 0 0 0
Rex Darling 1961-62, 64-67 42-55 1^ 0 0
Robert Carey 1953-61, 62-64 134-108 1^ 1^ 0
Bill Healey 1946-53 136-41 4^ 5^ 0
James “Pim” Goff 1944-46 20-24 0 0 0
Charles Lantz 1911-35, 43-44 197-208 0 0 0
Clayton Miller 1942-43 8-10 0 0 0
Gilbert Carson 1936-42 36-72 0 0 0
Winfield Angus 1935-36 7-13
no team  1910-11
J.C. Brown 1908-10 4-6

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions

^ These conference titles and tournament appearances came when the Eastern Illinois program was at either the NAIA or NCAA Division II level; EIU moved up to Division I in prior to the 1981-82 season

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA.