Myers Park’s football program picked up a significant addition when former Ardrey Kell head coach Joe Evans joined Scott Chadwick’s coaching staff.
Chadwick will continue to oversee the operation of the Mustangs’ offense, but said Evans will work with assistant head coach Mark Harman to control and implement their run game. That will take a load off Chadwick’s shoulders since Myers Park will be breaking in a new quarterback.
“I was all for it,” Chadwick said. “From a football standpoint, Joe brings a guy that’s been very successful as an assistant and as a head coach. He certainly makes our program better.
“From a personality standpoint, the relationship I have with Joe and Joe has with Harman, he’s going to fit in with our staff. When you put that all together it was a really good fit.”
Evans, who resigned from Ardrey Kell on Jan. 18 after guiding the Knights to a 13-12 (8-6 So. Meck 8) record and two state playoff appearances during his tenure, is eager to join Chadwick and the Mustangs, which is a program on the rise after going 11-2 (5-1 Southwestern 4A) and reaching the second round of the state playoffs.
“Coach Chadwick’s got a great thing going over there,” Evans said. “I’m just there to help the kids and help any way I can. Scott’s a close friend of mine. He’s good people to work for and hopefully we can keep that thing rolling.
“He just wanted me to be an extra set of eyes for him in the press box and help do game-planning stuff with him, help put even more points on the board, but he’s pretty good about putting points on the board.”
Evans has been in coaching for 15 years, jumping into the profession immediately after he graduated from Appalachian State.
Evans played high school football at West Meck, where he spent his first three years at quarterback before he switched to wide receiver, safety, kicker and punter as a senior. He was an all-conference and all-county player from his spot at wide receiver. Evans jokes he was out of position his first three years.
He started his coaching career as an assistant at West Meck under Rocky White for five years. Evans said White, who is the head coach at South Meck, is a close friend and mentor.
When Evans’s wife got pregnant with their son he went to Northeast Middle School, where he served as the head coach for three years. He then moved on to Independence for the next five seasons. Evans spent three of those as an assistant and his last two as the Patriots’ head coach before he took the helm at Ardrey Kell.
Evans has a high school career coaching record of 33-18, all of his teams have reached the postseason and Independence won the Southwestern 4A Conference championship in 2014 under his watch.
He doesn’t see the transition from being a head coach to an assistant coaching role as a demotion. Instead, Evans sees it as a learning opportunity to help him become a better coach for the kids he coaches and blessing that will free him up to spend more time with his family.
“It will be a good opportunity to take a step back and see it from a different perspective,” Evans said. “I’ve got a 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. I’ve missed a lot over the past four years.”
Evans said his son, Brody, is excited about being Myers Park’s ball boy on Friday nights in the fall.