Flames and Ladyjacks meet for the first time on Saturday at 3 p.m.
UIC and Fairfield meet for the first time with a trip to WBI Championship on the line
UIC and EMU last faced off in December 2010
UIC and EMU last played in December 2010
UIC welcomes IPFW to Chicago for the Women's Basketball Invitational
Simpson finished his first season with the Flames in 2013-14. During the 2013-14 season, Simpson helped lead the Flames to a program-record 26 wins, the first postseason championship (WBI) in program history and the nation's largest turnaround. UIC collected 17 more wins (26-9) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21), which was the largest win differential amongst 347 programs nationwide.
Simpson was hired by head coach Regina Miller during the summer of 2013. He served as the head coach at Loyola the previous four seasons and guided the Ramblers to their first-ever Horizon League Championship game in March 2013.
The Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern (1994) spent seven years at Loyola, including the final four seasons as head coach, where he compiled a record of 57-66 (.463). He served as an assistant women's basketball coach from 2007-09, and was the coordinator of men's basketball operations during the 2006-07 campaign.
Simpson led Loyola to 17-15 record in 2012-13, which stands as the program's best mark since 1988-89. The Ramblers proved to be one of the hottest teams in the country down the final stretch of the season by winning 11-of-12 games, before falling to nationally-ranked Green Bay in the Horizon League title game. He also helped sophomore forward Simone Law claim first-team All-Conference accolades, while freshman Taylor Johnson was voted the league's Newcomer of the Year.
During his first season as head coach (2009-10), Simpson mentored the Ramblers to 15 wins; the program's best showing since the 2001-02 campaign and the best start by a first-year coach at Loyola since the 1970s.
Simpson, who entered the Division I ranks with 10 years of high school coaching experience, was the head boys' basketball coach and Director of Athletics at Marquette High School in Chicago from 2001-05.
During his collegiate playing days, Simpson was a four-year letterwinner (1990-94) at Northwestern and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. He appeared in 97 games for the Wildcats, totaling 475 career points and 100 assists.