XULA hires Phil Evans as assistant volleyball coach
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana has hired Phil Evans as assistant volleyball coach.
Evans, who began his first day Monday (Jan. 4, 2021), joins XULA after spending the fall semester as an assistant coach at SEC member Mississippi State, his alma mater. There he helped the Bulldogs earn road victories on consecutive days in November against seventh-ranked Texas A&M — Mississippi State’s first-ever triumphs against A&M after 12 consecutive losses.
In 2020 Evans was one of 40 nationwide recipients of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Diversity Award.
Other volleyball positions for Evans were an assistant with Mississippi State’s club program for four seasons and assistant positions at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., and his alma mater, Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Ga.
Evans also served Mississippi State for four seasons as assistant video coordinator of the men’s basketball program.
“I am incredibly grateful to Xavier and to head coach Pat Kendrick for this opportunity,” Evans said. “I look forward to learning from PK, working with our student-athletes and helping the volleyball program reach new levels of success.”
Evans replaces Ryan Bowerman, who was named men’s head coach at NCAA Division III Wabash in November.
“Phil is a student of the game. His work ethic has been praised by everyone who has worked with him,” Kendrick said. “I definitely believe he will fit in well with the Xavier family, and his efforts will help XULA volleyball continue moving toward becoming a nationally ranked program.”
XULA in 2019 won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and qualified for the NAIA National Championship tournament — all for the ninth consecutive year. XULA finished 31-9 and became the first HBCU volleyball program to win a match at NAIA nationals since Saint Augustine’s in 1981.
Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, volleyball is a two-semester sport at XULA for the first time. XULA was 3-2 during the fall semester and will resume competition later this month.
What They’re Saying About Phil Evans
Julie Darty Dennis, Mississippi State University volleyball head coach
“Phil is a talented volleyball coach with a bright future ahead of him. He is eager to learn and wants to be a part of something special. He is a tireless worker and will give his all. He is a critical thinker and really likes to analyze and dig deep into scouting, video breakdown and the why behind training and the game. Phil asks really great questions and is really interested in understanding our sport from different perspectives. Phil is a great choice for assistant volleyball coach at XULA because he has great energy and a desire to be great. He has a ton of potential, and I can’t wait to see how he impacts this program. He is going to be a great trainer, recruiter, coach and mentor for young people. He is passionate about the game of volleyball, and you can instantly see and feel that when you talk to Phil.”
Ernie Zeigler, Mississippi State University men’s basketball assistant coach
“Phil is a very detail-oriented and motivated person and coach. Phil’s passion and knowledge for volleyball combined with his ability to connect and relate with student-athletes make him a great choice for Xavier.”
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