Native of Summerville, S.C., joins Boldon from Youngstown State
Mary Evans enters her fourth season as an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio University staff in 2015-16. In her second season at Ohio, the `Cats set a program record with 27 wins in a single season. In her first season at Ohio, the program increased both their overall and MAC win totals by three games over the previous season
Evans came to Athens with 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I level. She arrived at Ohio after serving as an assistant coach under Boldon in 2012-13 at Youngstown State University, where she helped the program to one of their best seasons in 15 years. The Penguins finished with a 23-10 overall record and the program earned a first-round win at Indiana State in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
"I'm really excited about this," said Evans after she was hired in 2014. "I'm really excited to still be a part of this staff. We had a really great year last season and had a good time with each other. It's very exciting for us to be here. I know a lot about Ohio and about how we're part of a great conference in the MAC. I'm looking forward to see what we can do here."
From 2007 to 2012, Georgia Southern University won 72 games in Evan's five years as an assistant coach. Evans coached two All-Southern Conference performers, as well as two All-Southern Conference Freshman Team selections. Georgia Southern also set a school record with 192 three-pointers during the 2010-11 season.
Prior to her five-year stint at Georgia Southern, Evans spent the 2005 to 2007 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II's University of South Carolina, Aiken. As the Pacers' recruiting coordinator, she helped the program to a 33-26 record from 2005 to 2007, including a 20-win campaign that led to the program's first Peach Belt Conference North Division title in five years. Evans coached the nation's second-best three-point shooter Meredith Legg (47.5 percent), as well as point guard Mindy Allee, who was an Honorable Mention All-America pick in 2006-07.
Evans spent 2001 to 2005 as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University, the final season of which she served as the Pirates' recruiting coordinator. Seton Hall earned WNIT berths in 2002-03 and 2003-04, and Evans coached six players who went on to play professionally. Evans got her start in coaching at Adams State College, a Division II school in Colorado, in 2000-01.
A two-sport student-athlete at Georgia Southern, Evans was a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team from 1995 to 1999 and a three-year letterwinner for the women's soccer team. On the hardwood, Evans helped lead GSU to the SoCon tournament finals in back-to-back seasons and a regular-season title in 1997-98, the first regular season title in program history. She led the Eagles in three-point shooting as a senior in 1998-99, and she was GSU's top free-throw shooter in 1997-98. On the soccer field, Evans was a second-team all-conference pick as a goalkeeper in 1997 after posting five shutouts.
Evans earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern in 2000. She is a native of Summerville, S.C., and was inducted into the Summerville High School Hall of Fame in 2008. She is married to Daryl Evans and they have two children, Keegan Thomas and Zoe Mae.