Auburn, former Alabama assistant Ty Evans hired as Tennessee State women's basketball coach
Former Auburn assistant Ty Evans was hired Wednesday as the new women's basketball coach at Tennessee State.
Evans spent the previous nine seasons Auburn. He was was promoted to associate head coach by coach Terri Williams-Flournoy in 2016.
Evans also coached at Alabama (2007-12), Georgetown (2005-07) and Saint Louis in 2001-02 and from 2003-05.
"Nashville, Tennessee, is a hotbed for women's basketball; I've been recruiting in Tennessee for a decade," Evans said. "I fell in love with Tennessee and Tennessee's players when I was recruiting at Alabama and I've always said if I can get a coaching job in Tennessee, just wait and look out. I mean you literally don't have to leave the state to produce a winning program and I firmly believe that."
Evans replaced Jessica Kern, who resigned after three years at the end of last season. Kern had not coached since taking a leave of absence in December.
Kern posted a 22-67 record at TSU.
Earlier this month former TSU assistant Sarah Jones, who served as acting coach in Kern's absence, joined the staff at Murray State as an assistant. Jones only spent the 2019-20 season at TSU.
TSU went 4-24 last season and finished 11th in the OVC with a 2-16 record.
It was the Tigers' fifth consecutive year to post a losing record.
"We're not going to really talk about last year," Evans said. "I wasn't here, I can't speak on what happened because I wasn't here. What I'm focused on is the present and the future. Obviously, I know there is some residue there and we'll address that when need be."
Evans' hire is the first for Mikki Allen, who became TSU's athletics director on June 1.
"We have an amazing brand that resonates across the country," Allen said. "This was evident by the number of highly-qualified coaches that were in our candidate pool. However, there was one candidate that presented the passion, enthusiasm, winning mentality and vision I was looking for to return our Lady Tigers back to a championship level and that was Ty Evans."
Evans began his playing career in 1991 at Richmond before transferring to Wisconsin-Whitewater where he served as the team co-captain for two seasons.
He went on to play professionally in Norway and Taiwan through 1998.
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