UE News and Notes for June 11, 2013

—UE signee Blake Simmons scored 8 points on 4-of-7 shooting, his misses all being from 3-point range, as the senior Indiana All-Stars beat the juniors by a 106-95 score on Monday. Women’s signee Dakota Weatherford went 3 for 7 and scored 9 points, doing most of her work in the second half of the senior girls’ victory over the juniors. Both Simmons and Weatherford will play their Kentucky counterparts Friday at Louisville’s Freedom Hall before Saturday’s showdown in Indianapolis.

According to the University of Southern Indiana’s women’s basketball schedule released Monday, UE will host the Screaming Eagles in an exhibition game at the Ford Center for the second season in a row. The teams will play Nov. 2 at a time to be announced later. Last year, the women tipped off a doubleheader that featured a men’s exhibition against Illinois-Springfield.

—David Weir, a native Scot and UE men’s soccer player from 1988-1991, took his first management job over the weekend at Sheffield United. It’s a former Premiere League club now playing in League One. Weir, 43, interviewed for the manager job at Everton, where he played and coached, before going to Sheffield.

—A culmination of new facilities, better academics and competitive programs at a small school landed UE’s John Stanley with an AD of the Year award from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the organization announced Monday. Stanley earned the recognition officially for the 2011-2012 year — the Ford Center’s first and his first eligible after five years as the Aces’ athletic director.

—In its countdown of the top Indiana All-Stars, the Indianapolis Star recently profiled former Ace Don Buse, the former ABA and NBA defensive standout and member of UE’s 1971 national championship team. Buse, now 62, is already a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

—While Marty Simmons was in Knightstown last Friday for the Hoosier Reunion All-Star classic (Blake Simmons and Jaylon Brown both played in it), the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel caught up with the Aces’ coach and asked an interesting question: Did you have any reservations in asking your son to play for you?

—The UE cross country programs, men’s and women’s, announced eight signees on Monday who coach Don Walters said “will make immediate impacts while giving us a deeper team.” Learn more about the 2013 class here.

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