NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State men's basketball coach Anthony Evans has accepted a similar position at another university, Athletics Director Marty L. Miller announced on Monday. That university is Florida International.
“We appreciate what coach Evans has been able to accomplish for our men's basketball program during his tenure,” said Miller. “The success we've experienced has brought national recognition not only to the athletics program, but to the University as well. We wish him continued success at his next destination.”
Evans spent six seasons as the head coach of the Norfolk State program after serving as an assistant coach at NSU the previous four. He compiled a 99-94 overall record and a 66-30 MEAC mark during his six-year stint as the head coach, including records of 47-22 overall and 29-3 in the MEAC in the last two seasons.
The 2013 MEAC Coach of the Year after leading NSU to a perfect 16-0 record in the conference, Evans guided the Spartans to their second straight postseason berth with an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament. The NIT appearance came a year after the Spartans won their first-ever MEAC title and defeated No. 2 seed Missouri in the NCAA tournament, becoming just the fifth No. 15 seed to defeat a No. 2 seed in tournament history.
Miller announced that NSU associate head coach Robert Jones will serve as the interim head coach for 2013-14 season and assistant coach Larry Vickers will continue in the same capacity. After the 2013-14 season, a national search for a head coach will be conducted if necessary.
“Coach Jones has been very instrumental in the recruitment for the men's basketball team, and the players are very comfortable with him serving as the interim coach this year,” Miller said.