Marty Simmons

Marty Simmons (born February 21, 1965)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Eastern Illinois Panthers
Current conference: Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)
Wartburg College record: 10-14 (.417)
SIU Edwardsville record^: 89-58 (.605)
Evansville record: 184-175 (.513)
Eastern Illinois record: 28-66 (.298)
Overall record^: 311-313 (.498)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  2  (2011, 2012)
  • CIT Championships:  1  (2015)
  • CIT Appearances:  3  (2009, 2013, 2015)
  • GLVC (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  1  (2006)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  2  (2005, 2006)


  • GLVC (Div II) Coach of the Year:  1  (2005)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Eastern Illinois
2018-2021 Clemson (asst. to the HC)
2007-2018 Evansville
2002-2007 SIU Edwardsville
1997-2002 Evansville (asst)
1996-1997 Wartburg
1990-1996 Evansville (asst)

Marty Simmons Facts

  • Marty Ray Simmons
  • Born February 21, 1965
  • Hometown: Lawrenceville, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Evansville (BA, 1987 & MBA, 1993)
  • Named Illinois Mr. Basketball award in 1983 after leading Lawrenceville HS to two straight 34-0 seasons and IHSA State Championships
  • Started his college career playing two seasons for legendary Indiana Hoosiers head coach Bob Knight before transferring to Evansville, where he played for former IU assistant Jim Crews
    • Played two seasons of professional basketball, one each in the CBA and WBL, before starting his coaching career
  • First coaching job was back at Evansville as an assistant coach under Crews
  • Left UE in 1996 to spend the season as the head coach at Division III Wartburg College in Iowa; went 10-14
    • Returned to Evansville to work five more seasons as Crews‘ assistant until 2002
  • Took over as the head coach at SIU Edwardsville in 2002, coaching the Cougars for five seasons (at the time a D-II program)
  • Hired to take over as Evansville head coach in 2007, a position he held for eleven seasons
  • Joined Brad Brownell‘s staff at Clemson in July 2018, assuming the role of assistant to the head coach
  • In March 2021, Simmons was announced as the new head coach at Eastern Illinois University
    • Through three seasons, Simmons is 28-66 overall with improving win totals each year

Marty Simmons Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels; SIU Edwardsville was a Division II program when Simmons coached there, but has since moved up to Division I