Evans has turned UCO into a Division II power. In 10 years on the job, Evans has a 223-84 record, including 134-27 the past five seasons. The Bronchos have been to eight NCAA Tournaments under Evans.
There are 340 Division I schools. So some might delegate a Division II program, even a power like UCO, to somewhere around No. 350 in the nation.
“I just don’t see our program like that,” Evans said. “If you ever look at D-II basketball powers, those teams are all top 100, top 150 in college basketball. That’s not the Southland Conference, not the SWAC, some of the lower conferences. But I understand perception.”
Evans was a record-setting 3-point shooter on Billy Tubbs’ OU teams, 1989-93. Evans is a 1988 graduate of Millwood High School.
“Most people that played at a high major school would like to go back and coach at that school,” Evans said. “Especially the experiences we had. That would be a great opportunity.”