Texas Tech Tabs Greg Evans As New Assistant Softball Coach|
Greg Evans was named Texas Tech's new assistant softball coach on Monday.
July 8, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech softball coach Shanon Hays tabbed a familiar face to the program's vacant assistant coaching position Monday with the hiring of former Red Raider baseball coach Greg Evans.
Arguably one of the top infield coaches in the country, Evans was an assistant baseball coach for nine seasons at Tech under longtime skipper Larry Hays before moving to Oklahoma State where he most recently served an additional nine seasons as the associate head coach.
This will be the first coaching stint in softball for Evans, who will serve as Tech's first base and infield coach while also assisting with recruiting and the program's summer camps.
"I am really excited to add Greg to our staff," Hays said. "I tried to hire him last year when Coach Fox left for UTA but the timing wasn't right for him. He is one of the best infield coaches in the country and his record as a defensive coach speaks for itself. He's a perfect fit for our program because he knows the game of fastpitch from when he used to play in the summers with me, dad, and Daren (Hays). He's also known as an excellent recruiter in baseball and I think that will translate to the fastpitch game as well."
Evans, who goes by the nickname "E-moe," began his career at Tech in 1993 with the first of two stints as a Red Raider baseball assistant. He coached three seasons with the Red Raiders prior to being named the head coach at Grayson County College in 1996.
After spending the 1997 season as an area scout for the Montreal Expos, Evans made his return to Lubbock a year later where he would remain for the next six years until departing to join Frank Anderson's staff at Oklahoma State in time for the 2004 season.
During his two stretches in the Red Raider dugout, Tech combined to go 371-174 (.681 winning percentage) overall with seven 40-win seasons and six trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The Red Raiders claimed the final Southwest Conference regular season and tournament titles in 1995, marking the program's first-ever conference title in what would be the start of Tech's most successful stretch in program history. Tech closed 1995 with a program-record 51 wins and would later secure the Big 12 Tournament title in 1998 as well.
"I've kept up with Shanon over the years, and I'm excited to be back in Lubbock to join him and his staff," Evans said. "Fastpitch is a game I'm very familiar with so I'm looking forward to working with our players and continuing the winning tradition that Tech has established under Shanon's leadership."
In his 18 seasons as a Division-I assistant coach, Evans has been part of 12 teams that have advanced to the postseason as the Cowboys were selected to an NCAA Regional six times during his tenure. Oklahoma State also advanced to its first Super Regional since 1999 during the 2007 season as the Cowboys fell a win shy of advancing to Omaha and the College World Series.
During his time at both Tech and Oklahoma State, Evans helped produce several of the top defenses in the country as the Red Raiders ranked among the top five teams nationally in 1999 for fielding percentage with a .971 mark.
Tech regularly ranked among the top fielding teams in the Big 12 during his tenure as the Red Raiders led the conference in 2001 before finishing third a year later and second in 2003. Four of the program's top 10 fielding percentages all-time came under Evans' tutelage with three of those years resulting in an average of .970 or better.
His Cowboy defenses had similar success as well with seven seasons of a fielding percentage above a .970 clip, including an impressive .980 average from 2012 that ranked third nationally and snapped the single-season OSU record.
It was the fourth time in Evans' tenure that the Cowboys had tied or set the school record after posting a .974 fielding percentage in 2008 followed by a .976 clip in 2009 and then a .978 mark in 2010 that also ranked fifth in the country.
The only two seasons where Oklahoma State did not record a fielding percentage of .970 or better came in 2004 and 2006 when the Pokes finished with a .969 average that still ranked among the Big 12 leaders.
In addition to his work as infield coach, Evans has also been known as a top-flight recruiter as he helped sign a 2004 class at Oklahoma State that ranked fourth nationally by Collegiate Baseball and seventh by Baseball America. The Cowboys secured another top-10 ranking by both publications again in 2006 before pulling in the No. 15 rated class in 2010.
Evans began his career as an assistant coach at crosstown Lubbock Christian University where he spent three seasons from 1988-90 before being named the head coach at Frank Phillips College. Evans went 64-46 in his two seasons with the Plainsmen while snapping the school record with 39 wins in 1992.
The Boyle, Miss. native joined the coaching profession after a four-year playing career at Ole Miss where he spent time at second and third base as well as in the outfield. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in public administration and then earned his master's in sports administration from Tech in 1987.
During the summers, Evans was a regular on the fastpitch circuit, playing alongside most of the Hays family in several of the top men's tournaments across the country.
Evans replaces Chrissy Schoonmaker, who departed the staff in late June to pursue other career opportunities.