DENTON, Texas – Rob Evans officially joined the North Texas basketball coaching staff on Wednesday, and on Thursday head coach Tony Benford named the veteran his Associate Head Coach.
Evans’ career in college basketball spans over 40 years, including 205 head coaching wins in rebuilding the programs at Arizona State and Mississippi. He led six of his 14 teams to the postseason, including SEC Western Division titles and back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids for the first time in 1997 and 1998 at Ole Miss.
Benford and Evans share a 30-year friendship in basketball that includes Benford’s recruitment to Texas Tech. The duo coached the Sun Devils together for eight seasons (1998-06) – the last two of which saw Benford promoted to associate head coach. In 2003, Arizona State recorded its first 20-win season since 1995, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. ASU also qualified for the NIT in 2000, 2002 and 2005.
“We are very fortunate to have a coach of the caliber of Rob Evans joining our program,” Benford said. “He has been my mentor for years, and his success in over four decades of college basketball speaks for itself. Rob Evans is one of the most respected coaches in the nation on and off the floor, and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with him again.”
With Evans and Bart Lundy on board the North Texas coaching staff, the Mean Green now has two assistants with a combined 416 collegiate head coaching wins. Lundy tallied 211 victories as the head coach at High Point and Queens University.
The Mean Green has been in each of the last three Sun Belt Tournament finals, and has averaged 21 wins per season in each of the last six years. The Mean Green will also have the services of Tony Mitchell, the reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.