Evans Joins Bluejays’ Basketball Staff

Seth Evans has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach and head men’s golf coach at Elmhurst College.

A former NCAA Division I and Division II player, Evans most recently served as a graduate assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level. Evans takes over the role previously held by Chris Martin, who departed to become the head men’s basketball coach at Loras College.

“Seth is going to be an outstanding addition to our staff,” said Elmhurst men’s basketball coach John Baines. “His charisma and energy will translate well to recruiting and communication with our players. He has a sound knowledge of Illinois basketball, as his father coached his team to an Illinois State Championship. He has been coaching at the collegiate level under quality coaches. On the court, Seth is going to bring a positive, enthusiastic attitude to workouts and practice. He has won at every level of his playing and coaching career and that is something very important to us. Seth knows what a successful program looks like and he can add value to our group at Elmhurst.”

Evans spent last season as a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Toledo. He handled the team’s video production while also serving as the team’s summer camp director, nutrition advisor and weight lifting instructor. Prior to arriving at Toledo, Evans spent three months as a graduate assistant at Wright State University.

Evans began his collegiate playing career at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a Division I school. As a freshman, Evans played in all 35 contests and averaged 4.9 points per game while shooting 40 percent from three-point range (34-of-85). As a sophomore, he appeared in 31 games and averaged 3.6 points per contest.

Transferring after his sophomore season, Evans completed his collegiate career at Florida Southern College, earning first-team all-league honors from the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) during both his junior and senior seasons. Evans helped the Moccasins capture SSC Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013, earning Tournament MVP honors both years in the process. The team reached the NCAA Tournament during both of Evans’ years and captured a Regional Championship in 2013.

In just two seasons at Florida Southern, Evans amassed over 1,000 points in his career, averaging 18.2 points as a junior and 16.1 points as a senior. As a junior, Evans led the nation in three-pointers per game, averaging 3.5 per contest. Evans set a single-season Florida Southern record for three-pointers by knocking down 110 during his senior year. He also set the school’s career free throw percentage record by shooting 89.1 percent for his career.

An all-state basketball player at Seneca High School, Evans was also a member of the golf team. Baines will remain on the men’s golf team’s coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach to Evans.

Evans comes to Elmhurst to work with two programs on the rise. The men’s basketball team posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first-time in school history. The team advanced to the second-round of the NCAA tournament for two consecutive years, also a first in Elmhurst history.


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