Rob Evans

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Rob Evans
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Associate Head Coach
Team North Texas
Biographical details
Born (1946-09-07) September 7, 1946 (age 70)
Hobbs, New Mexico
Playing career
1964–1966 Lubbock Christian
1966–1968 New Mexico State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1976 New Mexico St. (asst.)
1976–1990 Texas Tech (asst.)
1990–1992 Oklahoma St. (asst.)
1992–1998 Ole Miss
1998–2006 Arizona State
2007–2011 Arkansas (asst.)
2011–2012 TCU (asst.)
2012–present North Texas (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 205–201
Accomplishments and honors
2 SEC West Division Championships (1997,1998)
1 National Coach of the Year (1997)
1 SEC Coach of the Year (1997)

Robert Oran Evans (born September 7, 1946) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the associate head coach with the University of North Texas.[1] Evans served as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels from 1992 to 1998, and as the head coach of the Arizona State University Sun Devils from 1998 to 2006.[2]

Early years[edit]

Evans was born in Hobbs, New Mexico, the son of Gladys (née Spirlin), a home cleaner, and Oscar, a preacher and janitor. Robert was the fourth of seven children, all of whom would go on to graduate college.[3]

Evans played high school basketball at Hobbs High School under legendary coach Ralph Tasker. His senior year he was named co-captain. That year the team made it to the 1964 championship game and Evans was invited to the state all-star game in Albuquerque.[4]

Evans played junior college basketball at what is now Lubbock Christian University where he was named the school’s first All-American. Both seasons he played at Lubbock Christian Evans was voted the teams’ best defensive player. In his second year with the team Evans was named team captain. In 1966 Evans earned his Associate’s degree in Arts and Sciences.[5] At Lubbock Christian Evans was teammates with Gerald Turner who would later become Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. Turner was instrumental in Evans’ hiring as head basketball coach in 1992.[6]

Evans transferred to New Mexico State University for the 1966–67 season where he was coached by Lou Henson. He was named team captain and led the Aggies to a 15–11 record and a NCAA Tournament appearance. The next season Evans again captained the team to a 23–6 record and another NCAA Tournament appearance. In 1967 Evans was selected NMSU’s most outstanding athlete.[7] In May 1968 Evans earned his bachelor’s degree in education.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

After his graduation, Evans was hired as an assistant at New Mexico State under Henson. When Henson left for Illinois in 1976, Evans moved to Texas Tech and served for 14 years as an assistant under Gerald Myers. After two years as an assistant at Oklahoma State under Eddie Sutton, Evans was hired at Ole Miss as its first black coach in a major sport.

Evans inherited a program that had been one of the dregs of the Southeastern Conference for decades. The Rebels had not had a winning season in SEC play since 1982–83, and had only finished in the top half of the conference twice in 59 years of conference play. After four years rebuilding the program, the Rebels shocked the SEC by winning consecutive West Division titles in 1997 and 1998 and notching the first 20-win seasons in school history. Ole Miss had been one of the few longstanding members of a "power conference" to have never won 20 games in a season.

In 1998, Evans moved to Arizona State, which was reeling in the wake of a point-shaving scandal. His tenure at Arizona State was not nearly as successful as his tenure at Ole Miss, with only one NCAA appearance in eight seasons He was fired after the 2006 season.

Professional players coached[edit]

Arizona State

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi (Southeastern Conference) (1992–1998)
1992–93 Mississippi 10–18 4–12 6th-West
1993–94 Mississippi 14–13 7–9 4th-West
1994–95 Mississippi 8–19 3–13 6th-West
1995–96 Mississippi 12–15 6–10 T4th-West
1996–97 Mississippi 20–9 11–5 1st-West NCAA 1st Round
1997–98 Mississippi 22–7 12–4 1st-West NCAA 1st Round
Mississippi: 86–81 43–53
Arizona State (Pacific-10 Conference) (1998–2006)
1998–99 Arizona State 14–16 6–12 9th
1999–00 Arizona State 19–13 10–8 T-4th NIT 2nd Round
2000–01 Arizona State 13–16 5–13 T-6th
2001–02 Arizona State 14–15 7–11 7th NIT 1st Round
2002–03 Arizona State 20–12 11–7 4th NCAA 2nd Round
2003–04 Arizona State 10–17 4–14 10th
2004–05 Arizona State 18–14 7–11 T-6th NIT 1st Round
2005–06 Arizona State 11–17 5–13 T-8th
Arizona State: 119–120 55–89
Total: 205–201

      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


  1. ^ [1]. UNT
  2. ^ Rob Evans.
  3. ^ Devils' Advocate. The Phoenix New Times
  4. ^ Devils' Advocate. The Phoenix New Times
  5. ^ Rob Evans Profile. Sun Devil Athletics
  6. ^ Devils' Advocate. The Phoenix New Times
  7. ^ Rob Evans Profile. Sun Devil Athletics
  8. ^ Devils' Advocate. The Phoenix New Times