Bill Evans

Bill Evans (born December 31, 1948)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Utah State Eastern Golden Eagles
Current conference: Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC, NJCAA)
Southern Utah record: 208-223 (.483)
Idaho State record: 70-141 (.332
Overall record^: 278-364 (.433)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2020-present Utah State Eastern
2012-2019 Idaho State
2007-2012 Montana (asst)
1991-2007 Southern Utah
1986-1990 Alaska-Anchorage (asst)
1985-1986 Southern Utah (asst)
1984-1985 Idaho State (grad. asst)
1983-1984 Southern Utah State (vol. asst)

Bill Evans Facts

  • William LaVar Evans
  • Born December 31, 1948
  • Hometown: San Mateo, California
  • Alma Mater: Southern Utah University (BA, 1972) / Idaho State University (MA, 1985)
  • Started coaching career in 1977, spending six seasons as head coach at Port Sulphur HS in New Orleans (112-47 overall)
  • Joined the college ranks in 1983, spending one seasons as a volunteer assistant at Southern Utah State College before becoming a grad assistant (under Wayne Ballard) at Idaho State a year later
  • Returned to his alma mater SUU in 1985 as an assistant under Bob Schermerhorn, then spent four seasons at Alaska-Anchorage
  • Became the head coach at Southern Utah in 1991, helping guide the program into Division I
    • Went 208-223 in sixteen seasons as the SUU head coach, the last ten were as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference (now the Summit League)
    • Led the Thunderbirds to the NCAA Tournament in 2001, the first such trip for the program at the D-I level, after sweeping the Summit League regular season and Tournament titles
  • Joined Wayne Tinkle‘s staff at Montana in 2007, working as a Griz assistant for five seasons
  • Returned to Idaho State in 2012, become the new Bengals head coach
  • Hired in April 2020 to be head coach at Utah State Eastern, a member of the NJCAA Scenic West Athletic Conference
  • Along with his wife, Sunny, has five children

Bill Evans Coaching Tree

  • Stan Johnson (Loyola Marymount)
  • Jesse Mermuys (Raptors 905)
  • Andy Newman (CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, Texas Permian Basin, CSU Fullerton)
  • Barret Peery (Portland State, Indian Hills, Southern Idaho)
  • Louis Wilson (UT Tyler)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only