The University of Saint Mary has named Michael Evans, a 2006 Saint Mary graduate and a veteran of the university's baseball program, as the new head coach of the Spires softball team.
During his time as a Saint Mary student, Evans played on the Spires baseball team for four years – starting for three seasons, and serving as team captain for two. Evans was an All-Conference selection as a second baseman in 2005 and 2006. For the past five years, he's been an assistant baseball coach for Saint Mary, working with hitters, infield defense, and serving as the head recruiter.
Evans has also served as head coach and general manager of the KC MSBL Royals in the Ban Johnson Baseball League – a collegiate wood bat league that produced some of the top college players in the Kansas City area. He led his team to the league title in 2009.
"Michael Evans is a true Saint Marian," USM Athletic Director Rob Miller said. "He'll bring a lot of energy to his role as head coach. One of his passions is recruiting, and we have faith that he'll lay the foundation of an excellent program."
Evans said he's eager to get to work building a winning team.
"I know there are a lot of quality players returning that were both successful on the field and in their studies, and I think that's important," Evans said. "I'm looking to start building communication with returning players and bringing in new players and getting them to buy into who we are and what we do – discipline, character, and hard work."
Evans succeeds Lori Lorenzen, who coached the softball team for six seasons.