SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball

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SIU Edwardsville Cougars
2016–17 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team
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University Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Conference OVC
Location Edwardsville, IL
Head coach Jon Harris (2nd year)
Arena The Sam M. Vadalabene Center
(Capacity: 4,000)
Nickname Cougars
Colors Red and White[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
(D-II) 2006[2]
NCAA Tournament second round
(D-II) 1986, 1987, 1989, 2006[2]
NCAA Tournament appearances
(D-II) 1986, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2006[2]

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team represents Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in the Ohio Valley Conference of NCAA Division I basketball. The Cougars play their home matches at the Sam M. Vadalabene Center located in the SIUE core campus in Edwardsville, Illinois. The head coach is Jon Harris.[3]


The SIUE basketball program first entered competition on November 23, 1967 under the leadership of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach Harry Gallatin. The newborn program had no scholarships, inadequate facilities, and very little money to work with. Home games were played at the Shurtleff College gymnasium in Alton, usually with crowds of fewer than a dozen fans in attendance.[4] Gallatin departed as the program's coach after three years (while remaining as athletic director and golf coach for many years) with a record of 19–31.[5]

Gallatin was succeeded by Jim Dudley, who would head the program for eleven years, compiling a 146–143 record.[5] During Dudley's tenure, home games moved to the gymnasium at Edwardsville High School (now Lincoln Middle School) which was located a short distance from the SIUE campus.

Dudley was followed by Tom Pugliese, whose two years saw a record of 17–40 and brought about NCAA sanctions, resulting in the university administration's almost unheard of action of suspending of the program for the 1983–84 season.[5][6]

Larry Graham resurrected the program in 1984, as the program finally got a home of its own, moving into the new Sam M. Vadalabene Center on campus. Graham was the most successful of the Cougars' coaches, earning a record of 147–84, with three NCAA Division II tournament appearances in his eight seasons.[5][2]

After Graham, Jack Margenthaler had limited success, achieving a record of 112–150 in ten years.[5]

Success returned to Cougars basketball during Marty Simmons' five years at the helm. Simmons's teams went 88–59, making the NCAA Division II tournament in 2005 and not only returning in 2006, but earning a spot in that season's Elite Eight in Springfield, Massachusetts.[5][2]

When Simmons returned to his alma mater, as head coach at the University of Evansville, SIUE named long-time Missouri Valley Conference assistant coach Lennox Forrester to be the programs' seventh head coach. Following his first season, the Cougars began the transition from Division II to Division I and membership in the Ohio Valley Conference. Although the Cougars had losing seasons during their transition, they have become more competitive with each season. Through Forrester's first five seasons, his teams finished only 50–92, but his contract was extended following the 2011–12 season.[5][7]

On March 10, 2015, it was announced that the contracts of Forrester and his entire staff would not be renewed and that a national search for a new head coach was being launched.[8] On April 3, it was announced that California assistant coach Jon Harris, an Edwardsville native, had been named the 8th head coach in SIUE Basketball history.[9]



While the SIUE men's basketball has not seen the success of some other Cougars programs, two players were honored as NCAA Division II All-Americans:

  • Keith McFarland 1974–75
  • John Edwards 1986–87


NCAA Division II tournament results[edit]

The Cougars appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament five times. Their combined record is 6–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Wright State
W 70–61
L 73–77
1987 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Southern Indiana
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 88–82
L 86–89
1989 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Kentucky Wesleyan
Ferris State
L 87–100 OT
W 102–92
2005 Regional Quarterfinals Wayne State L 55–56
2006 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Grand Valley State
Southern Indiana
Virginia Union
W 65–61
W 80–69
W 64–60
L 58–60

Record By Year[edit]

Reference [11][12][13]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
SIU Edwardsville (Division II Independent) (1967–1985)
1967–68 Harry Gallatin 5–5
1968–69 Harry Gallatin 7–10
1969–70 Harry Gallatin 7–16
Harry Gallatin: 19–31 .380
1970–71 Jim Dudley 15–11
1971–72 Jim Dudley 5–21
1972–73 Jim Dudley 16–9
1973–74 Jim Dudley 19–7
1974–75 Jim Dudley 18–8
1975–76 Jim Dudley 12–15
1976–77 Jim Dudley 13–14
1977–78 Jim Dudley 11–14
1978–79 Jim Dudley 13–14
1978–80 Jim Dudley 13–14
1980–81 Jim Dudley 11–16
Jim Dudley: 146–143 .505
1981–82 Tom Pugliese 9–16
1982–83 Tom Pugliese 8–24
Tom Pugliese: 17–40 .298
1983–84 ---Program Suspended---
1984–85 Larry Graham 7–21
1985–86 Larry Graham 23–7 NCAA Div. II 2nd round
1986–87 Larry Graham 23–7 NCAA Div. II 2nd round
1987–88 Larry Graham 19–9
1988–89 Larry Graham 23–7 NCAA Div. II 2nd round
1989–90 Larry Graham 21–8
1990–91 Larry Graham 16–12
1991–92 Larry Graham 15–13
Larry Graham: 147–84 .636
1992–93 Jack Margenthaler 14–12
1993–94 Jack Margenthaler 13–13
1994–95 Jack Margenthaler 10–16
SIU Edwardsville (Great Lakes Valley Conference (Div. II)) (1986–2007)
1995–96 Jack Margenthaler 10–15 7–13 8th
1996–97 Jack Margenthaler 11–16 5–15 10th
1997–98 Jack Margenthaler 18–9 11–7 t-5th
1998–99 Jack Margenthaler 13–14 12–10 t-5th
1999–2000 Jack Margenthaler 9–17 5–15 10th
2000–01 Jack Margenthaler 7–19 4–16 11th
2001–02 Jack Margenthaler 7–19 3–17 11th
Jack Margenthaler: 112–150 .427 47–93 .336
2002–03 Marty Simmons 9–18 5–15 t-8th
2003–04 Marty Simmons 16–12 11–9 t-5th
2004–05 Marty Simmons 23–9 15–5 2nd NCAA Div. II 1st round
2005–06 Marty Simmons 25–8 14–5 t-1st (West) NCAA Div. II Elite Eight
2006–07 Marty Simmons 15–12 10–9 5th (West)
Marty Simmons: 88–59 .599 55–43 .561
2007–08 Lennox Forrester 17–11 10–9 2nd (West)
SIU Edwardsville (Division I Independent) (2008–2010)
2008–09 Lennox Forrester 10–20
2009–10 Lennox Forrester 5–23
SIU Edwardsville (Ohio Valley Conference) (2011–current)
2010–11 Lennox Forrester 8–21 Not eligible 10th
2011–12 Lennox Forrester 10–17 6–10 9th
2012–13 Lennox Forrester 9–18 5–11 t-4th (West)
2013–14 Lennox Forrester 11–20 7–9 t-3rd (West)
2014–15 Lennox Forrester 12–16 8–8 4th (West)
Lennox Forrester: 85–146 .368 36–47 .434
2015–16 Jon Harris 6–22 3–11 5th (West)
2016–17 Jon Harris 6–24 1–15 6th (West)
Total: 613–681

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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