Bryon Evans, one of the best and most feared tacklers in Arizona history, has been hired to be the head coach at his alma mater South Mountain High School in Phoenix, according to a report in the Arizona Republic.
The Republic reported that Zach Munoz, athletic director for the Phoenix Union High School District, confirmed in an email that Evans has been hired. Evans confirmed the news, but is refraining from commenting until tomorrow.
Evans’ hire means the number of former Arizona football players as active head coaches now totals 11. He is the fourth former Wildcat to become a head coach this offseason following Jay Dobyns (Tanque Verde), Ronnie Palmer (Monterey Peninsula, Calif., Junior College) and Leighton Milton (Hollywood, Calif., High School).
Evans made it well-known that during the recruiting process while playing at South Mountain, nearby ASU did not recruit him, which helped motivate him to excel for Arizona.
Evans became an Associated Press second-team All-American and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 1986. He went on to an eight-year career in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He recorded the second-most tackles in Arizona history with 552, trailing Ricky Hunley’s 566.
The total number of former Arizona athletes as head coach has reached 40 with Evans’ hire. Here is a list:
FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES WHO ARE HEAD COACHESList of head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona. Compiled by AllSportsTucson.com.
|Adia Barnes||1995-99||Arizona||Women's hoops||2016|
|Heidi Bomberger-Bruschi||1993-97||Attleboro (MA) Feehan HS||Volleyball||2020|
|Matt Brase||2003-05||Pallacanestro Varese (Italy)||Men's hoops||2022|
|Robert Bonillas||1995-98||Desert View HS||Football||2012|
|Tod Brown||1990-94||New Mexico||Baseball||2022|
|Casey Candaele||1979-82||Buffalo (AAA) Blue Jays||Baseball||2021|
|Jackie Coburn||2002-05||Scottsdale Horizon HS||Softball||2013|
|Clark Crist||1977-80||Pulaski (VA) River Turtles||Baseball||2021|
|Shelley Duncan||1999-2001||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) Yankees||Baseball||2023|
|Byron Evans||1983-86||South Mountain HS||Football||2020|
|Terry Francona||1977-80||Cleveland Indians||MLB||2013|
|Tanya Farhat-Villarreal||1994-97||West Bend (WI) Slinger HS||Softball||2015|
|Brenda Frese||1989-93||Maryland||Women's hoops||2002|
|Jason Hisey||1988-91||Canyon del Oro HS||Baseball||2019|
|Jack Howell||1983||Tri-City (A) Angels||Baseball||2021|
|Krista Humphreys||1993-96||Corona (CA) Centennial HS||Softball||2015|
|Mark Keel||1979-82||Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap HS||Football||2000|
|Steve Kerr||1983-88||Golden State Warriors||NBA||2014|
|Andy Litten||1999-03||Scottsdale Horizon HS||Football||2021|
|Hunter Long||2013-15||Douglas HS||Football||2019|
|Brandon Manumaleuna||1997-00||Lawndale (CA) Leuzinger HS||Football||2020|
|Jennifer Martinez-Walls||2008-09||Abraham Baldwin (GA) JC||Softball||2017|
|Craig McMillan||1984-88||Santa Rosa (CA) JC||Men's hoops||2000|
|Richard Mercado||2002-04||Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei HS||Baseball||2019|
|Leighton Milton||1992-93||Hollywood (CA) HS||Football||2020|
|Edwin Mulitalo||1995-98||Southern Virginia||Football||2018|
|Ronnie Palmer||2005-08||Monterrey Peninsula (CA) JC||Football||2020|
|Jose Portilla||1996-97||Heritage Academy||Football||2017|
|Rebekah Quiroz||2002||Pima CC||Softball||2019|
|Colt Sedbrook||2006-08||Crown College (MN)||Baseball||2024|
|Jason Stewart||1997-99||Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito HS||Boys hoops||2014|
|Damon Stoudamire||1992-95||Georgia Tech||Men's hoops||2023|
|Rafael Valenzuela||2008-10||Bowling Green (A) Rays||Baseball||2023|
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