Associate Head Coach Rob Evans To Have Jersey Retired
Former Lubbock Christian University Standout Has No. 11 Jersey Retired
DENTON – Associate men’s basketball head coach Rob Evans will be honored with having his No. 11 jersey retired from Lubbock Christian University in a ceremony during the LCU Hall of Honor Banquet on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. inside the Baker Conference Center.
“I have been blessed to have received a number of honors in my career, but none more special than having my jersey retired where it all began for me in college,” Evans said. “I feel fortunate to have met so many people at LCU that impacted my life as a young man and still impacts my life today. I have tried to have the same impact on the young people that I have had the honor of teaching.”
Evans will be the first ever jersey (No. 11) retired by Lubbock Christian University. The basketball journey for Evans, the well-respected and accomplished coaching veteran of over four decades, began at Lubbock Christian College back in the 1960's. Hailing from Hobbs, New Mexico, Rob made his college basketball debut for Lubbock Christian College during the 1965-66 season under head coach Les Perrin. Rob made an immediate impact on the hardwood for LCC with his 19.7 points per game on his 51.5 shooting percentage from the floor. His efforts led him to be named the first basketball junior college All-American in the history of the school. Rob was also deemed an All-Conference and All-Region selection during his career as a Chap, as well as the team captain as a sophomore. In 2004, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the university and was inducted into the Lubbock Christian Hall of Honor in 1990.
Following an impressive two seasons at LCC, Rob ventured on to star at New Mexico State where he captained the Aggies to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. NMSU's 1967 team lost to Elvin Hayes and Houston in the NCAA Tournament, while the 1968 squad beat Dick Motta and Weber State before falling to eventual national champion UCLA and Lew Alcindor. In 1969, Rob made the transition from the floor to the sidelines as an assistant for the Aggies and helped the squad earn four NCAA Tournament bids in seven years with a trip to the Final Four in 1970. Rob returned to Lubbock in 1976 to assist Texas Tech where eight of his teams won 17 or more games with three Southwest Conference Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament bids before a two-year stint at Oklahoma State where the team reached the Sweet 16 both years.
Rob made his head coaching debut in 1992, taking over at Ole Miss under former teammate at LCU Gerald Turner, who was the Chancellor at Ole Miss. Evans helped Ole Miss win West Division titles in 1997 and 1998. He recorded the first 20-win season in school history. After six seasons with the Rebels, he accepted the same position at Arizona State for the next eight years. His next stops included assistant positions at Arkansas and TCU, before his current role of associate coach with the Mean Green.
A multi-sport star, Evans was drafted out of high school by the Houston Colt 45s, which eventually became the Houston Astros. Following college, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association and with the Oakland Raiders as a receiver.
In addition to his Lubbock Christian accolades, Rob, who was selected NMSU's most outstanding athlete in 1967, was named to the school's all-time basketball team, and was inducted into the Aggie Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. In 1991, he was elected by his peers to be president of the National Association of Assistant Basketball Coaches, was inducted into the Las Cruces, N.M., Hall of Fame in 1989, presented the Texas Tech Outstanding Achievement Award for 1986-87 and selected as NMSU's School of Education Alumnus of the Year in 1994.
For more information about the induction banquet please visit Lcuchaps.com or contact Dana Walters at 806-720-7276.