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UE Dismisses Marty Simmons, Contacts Calbert Cheaney

Marty Simmons is out as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Evansville.

The school tells 44News there will be an official announcement Wednesday morning.

44News has learned UE Athletics has reached out to Calbert Cheaney to learn whether he would be interested in filling the vacancy. One source tells Sports Director JoJo Gentry that Cheaney is “listening” to what UE may or may not offer. Cheaney, 46, is an Evansville native and Harrison High School graduate.

While at Indiana University, Cheaney was the Big Ten Player of the Year and National College Player of the Year during the 1992-1993 season. He was selected as the sixth overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, and played in the league from 1993-2006. Five years later, in 2011, Cheaney returned to Indiana as the Director of Basketball Operations. He was also Director of Player Development under Crean in 2012 before he became an assistant coach at St. Louis University in 2013. His tenure with SLU ended in 2016. There was speculation last March that Cheaney would take over as the IU head men’s basketball coach after the school fired Tom Crean. Cheaney told 44News in March 2017 he would not comment on reports indicating his interest. That story can be read here.

It is unclear at this time if UE has reached out to additional potential candidates.

Simmons, 53, was the head coach of the Aces from 2007 to 2018. He accumulated a 184-175 record during his 11 seasons leading the UE. He also served as an assistant coach from 1990 to 1996, and 1997 to 2002. Simmons played for the Aces from 1986 to 1988 after transferring from Indiana University. He played for the Hoosiers from 1983 to 1985.

Simmons, a native of Lawrenceville, Illinois, was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 1983, and was inducted into the UE Hall of Fame in 1997.

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