April 11, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Bob Boldon has made another addition to the Ohio University women's basketball staff, the program announced on Thursday. Mary Perry Evans will be joining the Bobcats from Youngstown State, where she spent the 2012-13 season coaching with Boldon and current Ohio assistants Tavares Jackson and Kate Schrader.
"Much like Tavares (Jackson) and Kate (Schrader), we ask all of our coaches to teach and recruit," head coach Bob Boldon said. "She does those two things very well. She has a great understanding of what we're trying to accomplish both offensively and defensively, and has developed a very good rapport with coaches in the Midwest during the short time she's been up here from Georgia. She has done a great job of developing relationships with AAU coaches and high school coaches, and she does a very nice job on the recruiting side."
Evans comes to Athens with 10 years of experience at the Division I level, including five at her alma mater, Georgia Southern University. She also coached in the Big East at Seton Hall for four years, helping the Pirates earn two WNIT berths.
She is coming off an impressive 23-10 season with the Penguins which saw them earn a first-round win at Indiana State in the WNIT. She helped coach one of Youngstown State's best seasons in 15 years alongside Boldon, Jackson, and Schrader.
"I'm really excited about this," Mary Perry Evans said. "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."
Georgia Southern won 72 games in her five years on the bench and improved its RPI to as high as 143. The team showed steady improvement on the offensive end, particularly in shooting percentage, 3-point shooting and turnovers. Georgia Southern set a school record with 192 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season. Evans coached two All-Southern Conference performers as well as two selections on the freshman all-conference team.
Evans' duties at GSU included assisting with recruiting, on-floor coaching with an emphasis on offense and guard development, scouting opponents, organizing team travel, and helping with fundraising.
Immediately prior to her five-year stint at Georgia Southern, Evans spent the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons at Division II USC Aiken in South Carolina. As the Pacers' recruiting coordinator, she helped the program to a 33-26 record from 2005-2007, 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 3-point shooter at 47.5 percent in Meredith Legg. Additionally, point guard Mindy Allee was an Honorable Mention All-America pick in 2006-07.
Evans spent 2001-05 at Seton Hall, the final season of which she served as the Pirates' recruiting coordinator. Seton Hall earned WNIT berths in 2003 and 2004, 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 1995-1999 and a three-year letterwinner as the goalkeeper 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 1998. She led the Eagles in 3-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 in 1997 as she posted 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.
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