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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Evansville coach Simmons lost 135 pounds

By Diamond Leung

Evansville coach Marty Simmons had himself a productive offseason by losing 135 pounds since March, according to the Evansville Courier & Press, and these days he's looking and feeling like a different guy.
"Now I get two comments," he says. "You've lost a person (135 pounds). That one is a little tough. But my favorite is, 'You look 15 or 20 years younger.' That's a thrill. When you're an athlete or competitor, you want to feel good, and that makes me feel good!"

Why the lifestyle change?

Angie Simmons says the time was right. They were in their mid-40s and realized they wanted to be around for their children and, eventually, grandchildren.

With his wife's encouragement, Simmons lost the weight by seeking help from a nutritionist and going on daily walks and jogs.

After all, life as a college basketball coach can be stressful  -- especially coming off a season in which the Aces finished last in the Missouri Valley Conference, struggling to a 9-21 overall record.

Evansville was picked in the preseason to finish last once again, but at least now when the players are told to shape up, they can look to a coach who's actually done it.