Originally posted on College Hoops Digest  |  Last updated 4/16/13
by Steve Etter Miami Bureau Reporter @SteveEtter1 Anthony Evans/fiu.com The FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia announced the hiring of Anthony Evans. He becomes the eighth head coach of the FIU men's basketball program. Evans was the head coach of the Norfolk State Spartans, he was there for six seasons. As head coach of the Spartans, Evans amassed 99 victories which included back-to-back 20 win seasons in the past two campaigns (21-12 in 2012-2013; 26-10 in 2011-2012). During the press conference Evans said, “I’m extremely excited to become the head coach of the FIU men’s basketball team.” “This is a great opportunity. FIU is a sleeping giant and to have the chance to build this program and continue what Coach [Richard] Pitino began is unbelievable.” While at Norfolk State, coach Evans took the Spartans to their first post-season appearances since moving to Division I, they participated in the 2013 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the 2012 NCAA Tournament. During the 2012-2013 season, Evans led Norfolk State to an undefeated Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season mark (16-0) en route to being named the MEAC Coach of the Year. Evans was named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, presented to the top minority coach in Division I basketball. He was also named a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award, presented to the top mid-major coach in Division I, and the Jim Phelan Award, presented to the top Division I coach. In 2011-2012, Evans led the Spartans to a 26-10 record and their first-ever MEAC Championship. In the NCAA Tournament, he also guided Norfolk State to one of the biggest upsets, as the No.15 seed Spartans defeated the No. 2 seed Missouri Tigers in the opening round, 86-84. Evans served as an assistant at Norfolk State from 2003-2007. He was formerly the head coach at Delhi Tech (2001-2003) in Delhi, N.Y., and Ulster County Community College (1999-2001) in Kingston, N.Y. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, N.Y.) in 1994, where the native of Brooklyn, N.Y., played guard for the Spartans from 1990-1994. Frank Martin, the South Carolina head coach commented, “As an alumnus of FIU, I am extremely excited about Pete Garcia’s choice of Anthony Evans as the next men’s basketball head coach. He will be a great fit in the community and the University. He is a proven winner. Student-athletes at FIU just got better.”
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