A local standout and former University of North Dakota star has joined the women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Travis Brewster announced Thursday. Emily Evers, a Grand Forks, N.D., native, will join a returning staff that has been intact for four seasons and now features UND alums at all three assistant posts. (Mallory Bernhard– 6th season, UND ’11, and Adam Jacobson– 5th season, UND ’06).
“Excited to welcome Emily back, she has an awesome story to share with our recruits and players,” Coach Brewster said. “Emily exemplified loyalty and perseverance as a player now as a coach. Emily will communicate and teach what it takes on and off the court. She has an excellent basketball mind and she’s extremely passionate about the program.”
Evers was a two-time conference sixth woman of the year, winning the honor as a redshirt freshman in the team’s final season in the Great West Conference, then doing the same in her junior campaign in the Big Sky Conference. That season, she was part of UND’s first NCAA Division I Tournament team, the 2014 team that went 22-10 and won the league’s regular season and tournament titles.
As a senior, Evers scored 11.3 points and grabbed 8.5 rebounds per game, earning All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention accolades as the Fighting Hawks returned to the postseason at the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). She became the 31st member of the 1,000-point club at UND and finished her career with 1,026 points, 750 rebounds and 177 blocks.
Upon graduation, Evers played professionally overseas for Gran Canaria (Spain). There, she led her squad in rebounding (8.4 per game) and blocks (0.6/game) while adding six points per contest.
Last season, Evers was on the bench serving in a voluntary role as coordinator for player development, helping the coaching staff in a number of different areas.
“I am so incredibly excited to be rejoining the UND women’s basketball program,” Evers said. “My life has changed for the better during my experience as a student-athlete and I look forward to working with current and future players to ensure their journey is as special to them as mine was to me. I am so grateful to Coach Brewster for this opportunity to give back to the program that gave so much to me and I cant wait to get started! Go Hawks!”
The Fighting Hawks are set to join The Summit League this season, aligning with regional rivals such as North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State.Assistant Coach DI