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Arizona Wildcats Great Byron Evans Talks About Coaching Alma Mater South Mountain

Byron Evans will be more about building the character of the young men he will coach at his alma mater Phoenix South Mountain High School than concerning himself with how many wins he can achieve.

“If you’re just looking for a head coach just to win games, I’m not the guy,” Evans told the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, Channel 12. “There’s life after football.”

Byron Evans is second in career tackles in Arizona history (Arizona Athletics photo)

Evans, one of the best tacklers in Arizona history and an eight-year pro with the Philadelphia Eagles, was hired as the head coach at South Mountain on March 5.

He is one of the best to play at South Mountain and Arizona. He was such an athletic and gifted player with the Jaguars he played linebacker on defense and quarterback on offense — a rare combination. At Arizona, he emerged as a Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by his senior season in 1986.

Evans recorded the second-most tackles in Arizona history with 552, trailing Ricky Hunley’s 566.

Here is the video interview of Evans:

BYRON EVANS SOUTH MOUNTAIN from Chris 'Big Show' Peterson on Vimeo.

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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