Paul Evans (basketball)

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Paul Evans
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1945-01-31) January 31, 1945 (age 73)
Playing career
Football
c. 1965 Ithaca
Basketball
c. 1965 Ithaca
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Basketball
1973–1980 St. Lawrence
1980–1986 Navy
1986–1994 Pittsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall 390–208
Tournaments 7–7 (NCAA Division I)
1–1 (NIT)
0–1 (NCAA Division II)
3–4 (NCAA Division III)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
6 ICAC regular season (1974, 1975, 1977–1980)
2 ECAC South / CAA regular season (1985, 1986)
2 ECAC South / CAA Tournament (1986, 1986)
2 Big East regular season (1987, 1988)

Paul C. Evans (born January 31, 1945) 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.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Lawrence Saints (Independent College Athletic Conference) (1973–1980)
1973–74 St. Lawrence 17–6 1st NCAA Division II First Round
1974–75 St. Lawrence 20–6 1st NCAA Division III Regional Runner-up
1975–76 St. Lawrence 13–10
1976–77 St. Lawrence 15–10 1st
1977–78 St. Lawrence 19–6 1st NCAA Division III Regional Runner-up
1978–79 St. Lawrence 18–7 1st NCAA Division III Regional Runner-up
1979–80 St. Lawrence 22–5 1st NCAA Division III First Round
St. Lawrence: 124–50
Navy Midshipmen (NCAA Division I independent) (1980–1981)
1980–81 Navy 9–16
Navy Midshipmen (ECAC South / Colonial Athletic Association) (1981–1985)
1981–82 Navy 12–14 2–4 5th
1982–83 Navy 18–11 3–3 3rd
1983–84 Navy 24–8 6–4 2nd
1984–85 Navy 26–6 11–3 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
1985–86 Navy 30–5 13–1 1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
Navy: 119–60 35–15
Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East Conference) (1986–1994)
1986–87 Pittsburgh 25–8 12–4 T–1st NCAA Division I Second Round
1987–88 Pittsburgh 24–7 12–4 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
1988–89 Pittsburgh 17–13 9–7 4th NCAA Division I First Round
1989–90 Pittsburgh 12–17 5–11 8th
1990–91 Pittsburgh 21–12 9–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I Second Round
1991–92 Pittsburgh 18–16 9–9 7th NIT Second Round
1992–93 Pittsburgh 17–11 9–9 6th NCAA Division I First Round
1993–94 Pittsburgh 13–14 7–11 8th
Pittsburgh: 147–98 72–62
Total: 390–208

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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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