Martin Methodist Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain officially announced Billy Evans as the ninth Women’s Basketball coach in the school’s four-year era.
Evans will join the RedHawk family early next week after six seasons as head coach at fellow SSAC member institution, University of Mobile (Ala.).
During his tenure at Mobile, Evans amassed 106 victories and guided the Rams to two different conference championships and two trips to the NAIA national tournament.
Evans also boasted five NAIA All-American selections while at Mobile, one SSAC Player of the Year, one SSAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and seven First-Team All-SSAC selections.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to hire a qualified candidate as Billy Evans,” Bain said. “There is much work to be done and I believe that he is the perfect person to be able to get it accomplished. Coaching staff transitions take a lot of teamwork and we are committed to having another successful year in women’s basketball. Coach Evans is a roll up your sleeves and get-to-work type of coach who puts a lot of faith and confidence in his players. We look forward to getting him on campus in the coming days. Evans record speaks for itself.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be named the newest head coach at Martin Methodist,” Evans said. “They are a program that has been on the rise, both in our conference and on the national level, for the last few seasons. I thank Mr. Jeff Bain for this opportunity and I look forward to meeting our team and the RedHawks community in the coming days. We do not have a lot of time to get to work, but I am excited about the challenge and the upcoming season.”
Prior to his tenure at Mobile, Evans spent 10 seasons as head coach at Belhaven (Miss.) University, a former SSAC member institution.
During his time at Belhaven, Evans helped guide the Blazers to a pair of SSAC Western Division titles and the 2012 conference tournament title. Evans also helped guide the Blazers to back-to-back national tournament appearances (2011, 2012) – the first national tournament berths in school history.
Prior to arriving at Belhaven, Evans spent the 2000-2001 season as an assistant with the Millsaps (Miss.) College women’s basketball program.
Evans also served as Head Coach of the women’s basketball team at Northwest Rankin High School (Brandon, Mississippi) from 1994-2000. While at Northwest, he compiled an overall record of 94-54, and took the 1999 team to the state championship game for the first time in the school’s history.
Evans is a 1977 alum of Northeast Louisiana University, now known as University of Louisiana at Monroe.
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