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UE parts ways with Coach Todd Lickliter, entire men’s basketball staff

UE parts ways with Coach Todd Lickliter, entire men’s basketball staff
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 1:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2022 at 7:34 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The University of Evansville is parting ways with men’s basketball head coach Todd Lickliter, as well as his entire staff.

UE Director of Athletics Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried made the announcement on Thursday.

Lickliter was introduced as the UE head coach back in January 2020, taking over for Bennie Seltzer midway through the season just after Walter McCarty was dismissed from the role.

It was supposed to be a multi-year deal.

14 Sports reporter Aaron Hancock spoke with Coach Lickliter a few weeks ago.

This past season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball program suffered its worst year in the history of the program, finishing with a 6-24 record.

“I have had the opportunity to meet with Coach Lickliter, and it is obvious that he is an outstanding individual who cares greatly for this university and our student-athletes,” Siegfried said in a statement. “Todd and his staff have exemplified the true meaning and purpose of a Purple Ace. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Lickliter compiled a 15-53 overall record during his time as the leader of the UE men’s basketball program.

Since the end of the 2021-22 season, the Purple Aces signed four new recruits, which all committed under the assumption that Lickliter would be their head coach.

With the coaching change, players now have until July 1 to make a decision on whether or not they will stay with the team.

University leaders say they are hopeful to re-energize the Aces community.

“There was nothing [Lickliter] did,” Siegfried said during a press conference on Thursday. “It was a situation, and it was what we needed to do. So I would say it was difficult, but in the end, my loyalty is to UE and to doing what we need to do to grow our program. We’re a forward-moving train. We’re going to have great days ahead. We need the entire community, our alums, everyone, to help us push forward because that’s going to expedite our success.”

“Ziggy did exactly what we asked him to do, which is come in take a look around and make some decisions,” UE President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz said. “What you can see is he’s decisive, made some decisions I think are an important part for the future of our university, at the same time recognizing how much Coach Lickliter has meant to all of us. Seems to me like the timing is one in which we can still make an impact for next season and hopefully excited not only our campus community, but the whole Evansville community.”

UE officials say a national search for Lickliter’s replacement will begin immediately.

You can watch a full interview with Siegfried about the decision to part with Lickliter and the upcoming coaching search in the video below:

UE athletics director talks decision to part with Lickliter, upcoming basketball coach search

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