Paul Evans (basketball)

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Paul Evans is a former American head coach of men's college basketball.

Paul Evans was noted for running a "power offense" with emphasis on distributing the ball through centers and power forwards. His tenures at Navy and Pittsburgh was notable for the development of quality big men such as David Robinson, Charles Smith, Jerome Lane, Brian Shorter, Bobby Martin, Darren Morningstar, and Eric Mobley. He coached at Division III St. Lawrence University for seven season guiding them to six ICAC Conference Championships and five NCAA Division III post-season appearances, including two regional finals. He went on to coach at Navy for six seasons and an overall 199-60 (.665) record which included a cinderella appearance in the 1986 Elite Eight led by star center Robinson. After taking over at Pitt starting in the 1986-87 season, he guided the Panthers to regular season Big East Conference titles in 1987 and 1988, several top 10 rankings in the polls (including as high as #2), and saw the team advance to five NCAA tournaments and one NIT. John Calipari was an assistant under Evans at Pitt prior to him obtaining the head coaching position at UMass. Evans' win-loss record at the University of Pittsburgh was 147-98 (.600) over eight seasons. He was succeeded as head coach at Pitt by Ralph Willard.

Notable achievements:

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Lawrence (ICAC) (1973–1980)
1973–1974 St. Lawrence 17-6 1st NCAA Division III Playoffs
1974-1975 St. Lawrence 20-6 1st NCAA Division III Playoffs
1975–1976 St. Lawrence 13-10
1976-1977 St. Lawrence 17-10 1st
1977-1978 St. Lawrence 19-6 1st NCAA Division III Regional Final
1978-1979 St. Lawrence 18-7 1st NCAA Division III Regional Final
1979-1980 St. Lawrence 22-5 1st NCAA Division III Playoffs
St. Lawrence: 126-50 (.716)
Navy (1980-81 Independent, 1981-85 ECAC South, 1985-86 CAA) (1980–1986)
1980–1981 Navy 9-16 Ind.
1981-1982 Navy 12-14 2-4 5th ECAC South
1982-1983 Navy 18-11 3-3 3rd ECAC South
1983-1984 Navy 24-8 6-4 2nd ECAC South
1984-1985 Navy 26-6 11-3 1st ECAC South NCAA Second Round
1985-1986 Navy 30-5 13-1 1st CAA NCAA Elite Eight
Navy: 119-60 (.665) 35-15 (.700)
Pittsburgh (Big East Conference) (1986–1994)
1986-1987 Pittsburgh 25-8 12-4 T-1st NCAA Second Round
1987-1988 Pittsburgh 24-7 12-4 1st NCAA Second Round
1988-1989 Pittsburgh 17-13 9-7 4th NCAA First Round
1989-1990 Pittsburgh 12-17 5-11 8th
1990-1991 Pittsburgh 21-12 9-7 T-3rd NCAA Second Round
1991-1992 Pittsburgh 18-16 9-9 7th NIT Second Round
1992-1993 Pittsburgh 17-11 9-9 6th NCAA First Round
1993-1994 Pittsburgh 13-14 7-11 8th
Pittsburgh: 147-98 (.600) 72-62 (.537)
Total: 392-208 (.653)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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