The more Steve Evans talked to Reynoldsburg athletic director Dave Lewis, the more interested he became in the school's vacant head football coaching position. Interest translated into a coaching move for Evans, who was approved by the Reynoldsburg City Board of Education earlier this week as the school's new head coach. Evans leaves Teays Valley after three seasons and an 18-12 record.
The more Steve Evans talked to Reynoldsburg athletic director Dave Lewis, the more interested he became in the school's vacant head football coaching position.
Interest translated into a coaching move for Evans, who was approved by the Reynoldsburg City Board of Education earlier this week as the school's new head coach.
“Dave Lewis contacted me and we talked about the job,” Evans said. “The more we talked about the job, the more interested I became in the position.
“I was not looking to go anywhere until that conversion.”
Evans was the head coach for the past three years at Teays Valley, leading the Vikings to an 18-12 mark.
The Vikings won the Mid-State League Buckeye Division championship in Evans' first season. After going 4-6 in 2006, Teays Valley rebounded to post a 7-3 record this past season.
The connection between Evans and Lewis dates back to Hamilton Township. Lewis was the school's athletic director during Evans' coaching tenure from 2001-02.
Following a 2-8 season, Hamilton Township went 8-3 in 2002 and qualified for the Division III state playoffs.
“We have a good past at Hamilton Township,” Evans said. “Reynoldsburg was also attractive because they always have some good kids and athletes.
“And to be honest, they also offered me an increase in salary which will help me to better support my family. My wife just had our third child last week.”
Evans also has some experience with the Ohio Capital Conference. After leaving Hamilton Township, Evans served for two seasons as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Pickerington North. The Panthers joined the OCC in 2004.
“It's nice to know a little something about the OCC,” Evans said. “The (MSL) Buckeye Division is a great coaches league and so is the OCC. They have some great kids and it's also a very competitive league.”
Evans brings a triple-option offense and 4-3 defense with him from Teays Valley. After being approved by the Reynoldsburg school board, Evans has met with the team and supervised three workouts.
One of the remaining challenges for Evans will be forming a new coaching staff as none of his assistants will be coming from Teays Valley.
“The first thing I'm going to do is sit down with the current coaches and interview them” Evans said. ” …
A couple of them aren't coming back so I'm going to look for assistants who want to work hard for the kids, our school, our community and be successful.
“I'm not a miracle worker. You're only as good as the people you have around you.”
Evans inherits a Reynoldsburg team that went 3-7 last year. The Raiders last winning season was in 2005 and the last time they made the playoffs was in 2001.
“Since I've been here, I've met some very young polite and nice young men,” Evans said. “We have some good athletes and we're going to get to work and see what we can do.”