The search for University of North Georgia’s fourth head men’s basketball coach came to a close on Tuesday with the hiring of Dan Evans, North Georgia Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves announced in a statement.
“Coach Evans possesses a clear understanding of the core values of UNG and will mentor our student-athletes to successes on the court, in the classroom and in the community,” Reeves said.
Evans' formal introduction will be held in the UNG Convocation Center Multipurpose room and will feature a press conference and meet and greet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19.
“My family and I feel incredibly blessed and excited to be joining the University of North Georgia family and the Dahlonega community,” stated Evans. “We look forward to leading our men’s basketball program into the future with tremendous young men who will represent our program in a first-class manner. We are eager to get on campus and get to work shaping Nighthawk Basketball with our student-athletes.”
The move to Dahlonega comes after a six-year stint at NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican in Columbus, Ohio. There, Evans created a program turnaround, leading the Panthers to their first three consecutive winning seasons since 2005. He recorded 76 wins during his tenure, including a 37-12 mark over the past two seasons, and sits as the third winningest coach in ODU history.
Before Columbus, Evans was an assistant coach at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, for six seasons.
He played collegiate ball at NCAA Division III Lawrence University in Wisconsin. He was a three-year starter and captain, an all-conference honoree and a leader in Lawrence’s trip to the Elite Eight in 2004.
“Our mission when we began this search was to identify the best fit for North Georgia including our student-athletes, staff, fans, alumni and our local community and we found that in Coach Evans,” stated Reeves. “Throughout the interview process, he rose to the top of an extremely talented candidate pool with his vision for putting UNG men’s basketball in the national spotlight.”