UE News and Notes for June 12, 2013

—It appears Chad Harmon, a former Illinois-Springfield assistant coach, will re-join UE’s men’s basketball staff this season in some capacity. Harmon’s Twitter account (@AceInTheHole09) suggests as much. I’ve been told he’s currently working at UE in an unofficial capacity, and the hire as a graduate assistant will be announced later. Harmon was a former student manager and student assistant for coach Marty Simmons before going to work with Ben Wierzba, another former Aces staffer, at Illinois-Springfield.

—Still soaking in his Under Armour AD of the Year award, UE athletic director John Stanley is in Orlando, Fla., this week to pick up the hardware. He took some time anyway to discuss the second day in a row of good news for the Aces when the NCAA released Academic Progress Rates for 2011-2012. They correlated with an academic year that saw UE’s student-athletes post the highest combined grade-point average in the Missouri Valley Conference.

—The senior Indiana All-Stars, including UE signees Blake Simmons and Dakota Weatherford, play their junior counterparts again tonight at Tipton High School in central Indiana. The players’ tour continues Friday against the Kentucky All-Stars at Louisville’s Freedom Hall before the final game Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Given the media exposure provided by the Indiana-Kentucky rivalry, this weekend’s games should be easy to follow on Twitter.

—UE’s men’s basketball non-conference schedule is starting to take some serious shape. It won’t be finalized until the Aces’ staff locks down an exempt tournament location, but a report published yesterday says UE will play at Ohio. That’s to go along with games at Xaver, at Miami University, at Indiana and against Butler at the Ford Center. Outside of Miami, every team on that list has recently played in an NCAA Sweet 16.

—The Wichita State baseball coaching search took an interesting turn this week when multiple outlets reported Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner as a candidate. Heefner was reportedly on campus to discuss the opening left by recently fired coach Gene Stephenson, though the Shockers’ facility and program should be plenty familiar by now. As of July 1, Dallas Baptist is set to become an MVC baseball-only member.

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