Eric Simpson Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach|
July 2, 2013
CHICAGO – Eric Simpson, who served as the head coach at Loyola the past four seasons and guided the Ramblers to their first-ever Horizon League Championship game this past March, has been named the newest addition to UIC’s women’s basketball coaching staff. Simpson will serve as an assistant coach, pending Board of Trustees approval.
“Quality coaches like Eric Simpson do not become available very often,” said head coach Regina Miller. “Having coached against him in the Horizon League, I know his abilities and I’m delighted to have a proven winner on our bench rather than on the opposite side of the court. His coaching knowledge and familiarity of our league make him an outstanding asset to UIC as does his solid commitment to developing scholar-athletes. As we continue to build a winning program, Eric’s deep roots in the Chicago-area will provide us with an important edge in recruiting our talent-rich region.”
The Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern (1994) spent the last 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.
Last season, Simpson led Loyola to 17-15 record, 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.
“I am extremely excited and grateful to head coach Regina Miller for the opportunity to be a part of her coaching staff at UIC,” said Simpson. “Coach Miller has a strong history of success and I gained respect for her coaching and leadership abilities as an opposing head coach in the Horizon League. I look forward to assisting her in building a championship caliber program at UIC.”
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.