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Evansville hires Simmons as men's basketball coach

Updated: March 15, 2007, 7:36 PM ET
Associated Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Marty Simmons became men's basketball coach at Evansville on Thursday after leading Southern Illinois-Edwardsville for five years.

The 42-year-old played at Indiana and Evansville, and was an assistant coach for the Purple Aces in 1990-96 and in 1997-2002. He succeeds Steve Merfeld, who resigned this month after five years and a 54-91 record.

"Evansville has a very, very special place in my heart," Simmons said. "I feel fortunate to again be part of ...

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