A new era of Valpo Women’s Basketball has officially begun. Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera formally introduced head coach Mary Evans at a welcome reception Wednesday morning.
Above is the footage from the welcome reception that was held for Coach Evans Wednesday morning.
Evans is now the eighth head coach in program history. She has 15 years of Division I experience that she will draw on while coaching at Valpo.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Evans to the Valpo Athletics family,” LaBarbera said. “She brings a wide range of experience to our program and understands what championship basketball entails at schools like Valpo. Her passion and energy were evident from our first conversation.”
Evans spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University, and helped lead the Bobcats to three seasons of 22 wins or more, three postseason appearances and three Top 75 RPI finishes. During the 2014-2015 season the Bobcats won the 2014-15 MAC regular season and tournament titles and reached the NCAA Tournament.
“Through the interview process, I became more and more excited about the opportunity to become the Valpo head coach,” Evans said. “I kept hearing Mark talk about the Valpo experience, and when I started meeting our student-athletes and everyone on campus, I began to understand what he was talking about. I’m thrilled to be a part of that. Valpo’s mission and values align perfectly with my thoughts and philosophy.”
Evans has coached at Seton Hall University (2001-2005), the University of South Carolina, Aiken (2005-2007), Georgia Southern University (2007-2012), and Youngstown State University (2012-2013).
“I’ve had a vast array of experiences that I believe will serve me well in leading Valpo’s program,” Evans said. “I’ve coached at universities that are similar to Valpo, and I’ve worked for a wide variety of coaches. Over the last 10 years, I have defined how I want to run a program. I’ve developed a solid blueprint of what it takes to turn a program around, and I look forward to implementing that at Valpo.”
Evans was a two-sport athlete at Georgia Southern, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2000. She won four letters in basketball (1995-1999) and three in soccer during her time as a collegiate athlete. Evans was inducted into the Summerville High School Hall of Fame in 2008. She and her husband Daryl have two children, Keegan Thomas and Zoe Mae.
“I am extremely honored to be the head coach of the Valparaiso women’s basketball team,” Evans said. “I would like to thank President Mark Heckler and Mark LaBarbera for giving me this opportunity. I am enthusiastic for my family and me to become part of the Valpo community.”