Claremore Daily Progress


July 19, 2013

Ex-OSU baseball assistant joins Texas Tech softball staff


LUBBOCK, Texas — 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.

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