MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- On Friday, Oct. 13, Oklahoma head coach Randy Evans was one of six individuals inducted into Maryville College's Wall of Fame (Tenn.). Evans, a soccer standout and member of the class of 1992, joined James Thurston (CC and Track), William Napier (Football), Kandis Schram (Volleyball), Leah Onks-England (Basketball) and team physician Dr. Ken Bell.
Established in the mid 1970s, the Maryville College Wall of Fame award recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed to Maryville College athletics. Recognition is in two categories: “Regular Membership” is reserved for those student-athletes who competed for Maryville College, displaying excellence in athletic competition. Nominees for regular membership must be graduates of the College. “Special Membership” is granted to those people who have been of outstanding value to the Maryville College Athletic Program.
Before his coaching career, Evans transferred to Maryville College from Tennessee Wesleyan and immediately made an impact, where he led the 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 degree in business.
Most recently, on the night of his induction, Evans won his 70th career game as Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech in Lubbock. In his ninth season, Evans is 70-67-13 at the Sooners' helm and owns over 85 percent of the program's victories. In 2001, he was named the Big 12 and NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year and in 2003, the program made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament under his guidance.
Below is part of the transcripts from the ceremony:
Evans put best foot forward with soccer team
- courtesy of Maryville College
Randy Evans transferred to Maryville College from Tennessee Wesleyan in 1987.
“The fast, quick-footed forward set the Old Dominion Athletic Conference on its heels and led the conference in scoring in 1987,” said Randy Lambert, Maryville College athletic director and emcee for the presentations. “[Evans’] efforts helped the Scots to an 11-6-1 season, and he earned a spot on the All-South team.”
Subsequent seasons improved on the 1987 record and enjoyed national rankings. In his sophomore year, Evans produced one of the top offensive seasons in the history of Maryville College soccer, scoring 28 goals in 20 games. With that statistic, he led the nation, and his 28-goal total is still a school record.
Other rankings for the men’s soccer program at MC include first for points in a season (64), third in career goals (51), third in career points (120), fifth for seasonal assists (8) and seventh in career assists (18). Honors include a pre-season All-American selection and two-time All-South selection.
“During his three year stint with MC soccer, Randy helped the Scots to a 38-16-3 record. He is firmly implanted in the Maryville College record book ...”
Before Randy Evans graduated cum laude in 1992 with a degree in business, he made the 1990 Olympic development team and played in France. After graduating he continued to play soccer with the United States Indoor Soccer League for the Nashville Metros. In 1992, Evans joined Vanderbilt University as assistant coach for the Lady Commodores. In the next seven years, he helped build Vanderbilt into a “perennial top-25 program,” Lambert said.
In 1999, Evans was named head coach of women’s soccer at the University of Oklahoma. He married Kendyl Michner in 2003.
Evans’ responsibilities as a head coach kept him from attending the luncheon. MC Head Soccer Coach Pepe Fernandez accepted the award on his behalf and had this to say about his former player:
“Randy is one of the first truly great soccer payers to ever play at Maryville. His past performance and his ties to the program helped take Maryville College soccer to the next level. His accomplishments after graduation have made the MC soccer program and Maryville College very proud.”