|Anthony Evans leaves Norfolk State to take over the Florida International program.|
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Anthony Evans will leave Norfolk State to take the head coaching job at Florida International University. Assistant Robert Jones has been named interim head coach as of Monday.
Norfolk State announces Anthony Evans has “accepted a similar position at another university” and Robert Jones will be the interim coach.
— Harry Minium (@Harry_MiniumVP) April 15, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Evans’ name has been on the rise in coaching circles since leading 15th seeded Norfolk State to an upset over second-seeded Missouri in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Evans was also considered for the Marist head coaching position.
Slam dunk hire for FIU, BTW. Evans has a system both on and off court. He’ll snag some talent, even with that ridiculous hardwood.
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) April 15, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Evans led NSU to its first-ever MEAC regular season title and an NIT appearance in 2013. In six seasons at NSU, Evans went 99-94.
Anthony Evans would be a solid hire at FIU, led 15 seed Norfolk St. to a win over 2 seed Missouri in last year’s NCAA tournament.
— MU Thundering Blog(@MarshallTBlog) April 15, 2013
Evans was officially introduced as the new FIU head coach on Tuesday. FIU went 18-14 in its lone season under Richard Pitino, who left last week to take over at Minnesota. Pete Garcia, head of FIU sports and entertainment, told the Associated Press Evans was the runner-up for the position last season when FIU ultimately hired Pitino to replace Isaiah Thomas. “We saved him for last,” Garcia said.
The Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Evans salary will be $250,000. Evans final contract at NSU paid him $175,000.