Fifth Third Practice FacilityThe Carson Center serves as the epicenter of the University of Evansville athletic department. From housing the main athletic department offices to being the home of the UE volleyball and women's basketball teams (Meeks Family Fieldhouse) and swimming and diving programs (Roy and Mary Wyttenbach Pool), the Carson Center represents the home base for UE athletics. Read More
University of Evansville Director of Athletics Mark Spencer has announced that Evansville native and current Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty has agreed to terms to become the next head men’s basketball coach for the Purple Aces.
“I could not be more thrilled with the amount of interest we had in our head coaching position, but it became very evident that Walter McCarty was 100% the right man for the job,” Spencer said. “His personality, experience and infectious energy really set him apart. Nobody would have been able to sell Evansville to recruits like Walter McCarty.”
McCarty has been on the staff of the Boston Celtics since 2013, working with head coach Brad Stevens. From 2007-2010, he was an assistant under Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville and spent the 2010-11 campaign working on Jim O’Brien’s staff with the Indiana Pacers.
Todd Lickliter is a coach who is synonymous with basketball in Indiana. A 1979 graduate of Butler University, Lickliter began his college coaching career with the Bulldogs as an assistant in 1988 before rejoining the staff in 1999. He was promoted to the head coach at Butler in 2001 and enjoyed immediate success.
In his first season at the helm, he directed the Bulldogs to a then-school record of 26 victories and its third Horizon League regular season championship in a row. His squad also reached the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in 53 years. Lickliter’s success only got better as he led Butler to a pair of Sweet 16 appearance in 2003 and 2007.
His top honor came in 2007 as he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year. He left the program with the top three single-season win totals in school history. Lickliter became the head coach at the University of Iowa in 2007 and also led the program at Marian University in 2012. In his second season with the Knights, he led them to the most conference wins in school history along with the #1 scoring defense in NAIA Division II. After leaving Marian, he joined the Boston Celtics as a scout.
Matthew Graves joins the Purple Aces staff after a 5-year stint as the head coach at the University of South Alabama. In his stint with the Jaguars, he changed the culture of the program, resulting in the best GPA for the program in five years in just his first season as head coach. Over his first three campaigns at USA, Graves saw them improve their win total each season.
Graves directed Augustine Rubit to the school and Sun Belt Conference records in rebounding while becoming the first USA player to earn All-Sun Belt recognition on four occasions. His second season saw the program earn its first conference tournament win in three seasons.
Prior to his time with the Jaguars, Graves spent 17 years at Butler University as a student-athlete and coach. In 2001, he joined Todd Lickliter’s BU staff as coordinator of basketball operations. After two seasons, he was promoted to an assistant coach before being named the associate head coach in 2010 by Brad Stevens.
Terrence Commodore joined the UE men’s basketball program in April of 2018 as an assistant coach. Commodore came to Evansville following a 3-year stint at his alma mater – Eastern Kentucky. He joined the Colonels’ staff as the Video Coordinator/Director of Player Personnel in 2015-16 before spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach.
In his first season on the EKU staff, Commodore helped to develop some of the top talent in the Ohio Valley Conference. Nick Mayo was a first team All-OVC player for the second season in a row in 2016-17 while he also directed freshman Asante Gist to the OVC All-Newcomer Team that season.
From 2007-11, he worked at the University of Kentucky as a graduate assistant/program assistant. In his time at UK, the Wildcats made the Elite 8 in 2010 and the Final Four in 2011. His responsibilities included on-campus recruiting, film breakdown, player development and assisting with scouting reports. He assisted in the recruiting process of former Wildcat players John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight and Darius Miller.
Director of Basketball Operations
Logan Baumann will serve as the Purple Aces Director of Basketball Operations, joining the program in April of 2018. He worked on the staff at the University of Louisville for the past three seasons, most recently as the Senior Director of Video Operations. He started his career as the Assistant Video Coordinator with the Cardinals.
Baumann earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from UofL in 2015 and was a student manager during his college career. During the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA Championship season, Baumann transitioned from a manager to a walk on, playing in one game during that year. He averaged 17.3 points per game in his senior season at Ohio County High School in Hartford, Ky. and was the 2012 Third Region Player of the Year.