Jan. 12, 1999

NORMAN, Okla. - Randy Evans, Vanderbilt's full-time assistant womens soccer coach for the past six years, has been hired as the University of Oklahoma's head women's soccer coach pending approval by the OU Board of Regents, Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione announced today.

Evans, 30, served as an assistant under Vanderbilt head coach Ken McDonald from 1993-98 and helped the Commodores to an 86-43-1 (.665) record during that span. Vanderbilt also compiled an impressive 31-7 (.816) Southeastern Conference mark while Evans was with the Nashville, Tenn., school and has finished in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll each of the last five years. This past season, Vanderbilt finished 17-6 overall and 6-2 in the SEC, and posted final rankings of 17th (NSCAA), 18th (Soccer News) and 20th (Soccer Buzz).

Heavily involved in the Olympic Development Program as a Region III staff coach since 1995, Evans joined the Vanderbilt athletic family in 1992 and served as assistant coach for the Commodore mens soccer team that season. In 1993, he was an assistant for both the mens and womens teams.

We are extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Randy Evans, a coach who comes from a perennial top-25 soccer program," said Castiglione. "His experience at Vanderbilt will give him the ability to take our soccer program to the next level. He is an outstanding teacher of the game and has proven he has the ability to recruit top student-athletes who produce on the field and in the classroom."

I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach at the University of Oklahoma," said Evans, a Franklin, Tenn., native. "Im extremely impressed with the athletic departments commitment to building a strong soccer program and am ready to help achieve that success. In addition, I hope to be heavily involved with soccer at the community level.

One of the things that was important to me when I visited Oklahoma was the people, added Evans. "Everyone I met was incredibly helpful and friendly."

Evans began his collegiate career in 1986 at Tennessee Wesleyan, where he was named to the All-District 24 team. After transferring to Maryville (Tenn.) College, Evans led his conference in scoring in 1987 and was selected to the All-South team. He led the nation in scoring the following year with 28 goals. Evans graduated cum laude from Maryville College in 1991 with a B.A. degree in business.

Prior to graduation, Evans made the Olympic Development Under-23 South Regional Team in 1990, and then played in France for C.S. Thonon. In 1991, he helped the United States Indoor Soccer Leagues Atlanta Magic to the national indoor finals before playing three years with the Nashville Metros, also of the USISL. In Nashville, Evans led the team in scoring during the 1994 season and was named a league all-star.

Evans replaces former OU head coach Bettina Fletcher, who resigned on Nov. 12 for personal and family reasons. Fletcher, the Sooners only previous head coach, guided her three teams to a combined 11-36 (.234) record. Oklahoma posted an 8-9 record last season, its best mark in the three-year history of the program.