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Ex-GHS star Evans back in college athletics
Former Georgia AD takes position with Maryland
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After a four-year hiatus, former University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans will join another high-profile college athletics program.

Evans, a Gainesville High graduate, will begin Monday as the senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer at the University of Maryland.

Evans resigned as Georgia AD in July 2010 after he was arrested for a DUI in Atlanta, accompanied by a female passenger who was not his wife. He received a fine and probation.

After stints at the Markley Group and IMG College in Winston-Salem, N.C., Evans became a managing partner of his own company, Evolution Sports Partners in New Jersey. The business focuses on technology, analytics and consulting services for athletic organizations.

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson announced the hiring in a press release Friday.

According to his father Sam Evans, an Oakwood city councilman, Evans had been looking forward to getting back into collegiate athletics. Evans currently lives in Cornelius, N.C., according to his father.

“I think he had always wanted to get back into it,” Sam Evans said Saturday evening. “He’s worked with many different athletic directors in his time and he knows that area of work very, very well.”

In three seasons with the Red Elephants, Evans played wide receiver under former coach Bobby Gruhn and basketball for coach Jerry Davis. Evans’ No. 85 football jersey is retired at Gainesville.

After a redshirt season at Georgia, Evans also played four years at receiver for former Bulldog coach Ray Goff, including trips to three bowl games.

He succeeded former football coach Vince Dooley as athletic director at Georgia in 2004.

Evans did not return calls seeking comment in time for Sunday’s print editions.

“I am extremely excited and privileged to be joining the Terrapin Family,” Evans said in a news release on the University of Maryland website. “I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Kevin. I look forward to assisting him and his team with continuing to grow Maryland Athletics. Words cannot express my gratitude and deep appreciation for this opportunity.

His father said he was “very optimistic” that Evans would adjust quickly in College Park, Md.

“There will be a little adjustment, but I think this is what he wanted to get to do,” the councilman said.

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