UE introduces Lickliter as Men’s Head Basketball Coach

Lickliter introduced as UE Men’s Head Basketball Coach

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - On Wednesday, the University of Evansville Athletic Director Mark Spencer introduced the new Todd Lickliter as the new head coach of the men’s basketball team.

The news broke just before 6 p.m. Tuesday that Walter McCarty was dismissed of his role as the coach. McCarty was placed on administrative leave back in December by UE for alleged Title IX violations.

That investigation is still ongoing.

[First Report: UE fires Walter McCarty, names new head coach hours after]

In the school’s press release about the firing of McCarty, it named Bennie Seltzer as the acting interim head coach for the rest of the season. Seltzer held that role for less than four hours.

Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, UE officials confirmed to 14 Sports that Lickliter signed a multi-year deal with to become the new Purple Aces head coach.

UE Athletic Director and new men's basketball coach hold news conference

Less than two hours after his introductory press conference, Lickliter led the Aces back into action at the Ford Center.

“I’m looking forward to things getting back to where they need to be for the Aces,” said UE fan Sandy Raben.

With just 11 games left in the season and a new head coach, fans are staying hopeful and faithful to their Aces.

“Every year a player comes in here they can be assured that people remember them, that they played for Evansville," explained Evansville Otters President John Stanley. "That’s why I think everybody continues to be so loyal to the University of Evansville.”

Younger fans, like Nathan Raben, are eager to see what’s in store for this team’s future.

“I hope that the new coach is going to do good for the team and help them come back out of their lost deficit,” said Nathan.

Coach Lickliter makes head coaching debut

The Aces and Lickliter lost their game to Drake on Wednesday, but fans say just give it some time and they will get back to being a winning team.

“I’m very hopeful it will all sort out," President of the Aces Assist Club Larry Meeks said.

[Game Story: UE men drop final game of homestand]

The score of Wednesday’s game was 73-50, Drake over Evansville.

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