Greg Evans has joined the University of Houston Softball program as the new assistant coach, Head Coach Kyla Holas announced July 22, 2014.
Evans comes to Houston after one season with the Texas Tech Softball program. With the Red Raiders, Evans coached the infield and was his first coaching stint in softball. Evans will lead Houston's infield and assist in recruiting efforts.
"We are looking forward to having Greg on staff this season," head coach Kyla Holas said. "His defensive history speaks for itself and I think our infield will thrive with his knowledge and philosophy. In recruiting, we are looking to use his connections and work ethic on the road to up our presence and improve communications with club programs."
Arguably one of the top infield coaches in the country, Evans was an assistant baseball coach for nine seasons at Texas Tech under longtime skipper Larry Hays before moving to Oklahoma State where he most recently served an additional nine seasons as the associate head coach.
Evans, who goes by the nickname "E-moe," began his career at Tech in 1993 with the first of two stints as a Red Raider baseball assistant. He coached three seasons with the Red Raiders prior to being named the head coach at Grayson County College in 1996.
After spending the 1997 season as an area scout for the Montreal Expos, Evans made his return to Lubbock a year later where he would remain for the next six years until departing to join Frank Anderson's staff at Oklahoma State in time for the 2004 season.
In his 18 seasons as a Division-I assistant coach, Evans has been part of 12 teams that have advanced to the postseason as the Cowboys were selected to an NCAA Regional six times during his tenure. Oklahoma State also advanced to its first Super Regional since 1999 during the 2007 season as the Cowboys fell a win shy of advancing to Omaha and the College World Series.
During his time at both Tech and Oklahoma State, Evans helped produce several of the top defenses in the country as the Red Raiders ranked among the top five teams nationally in 1999 for fielding percentage with a .971 mark.
His Cowboy defenses had similar success as well with seven seasons of a fielding percentage above a .970 clip, including an impressive .980 average from 2012 that ranked third nationally and snapped the single-season OSU record. There were only two seasons at Oklahoma State that the Pokes defense did not record a fielding percentage of .970 or better.
In addition to his work as infield coach, Evans has also been known as a top-flight recruiter as he helped sign a 2004 class at Oklahoma State that ranked fourth nationally by Collegiate Baseball and seventh by Baseball America. The Cowboys secured another top-10 ranking by both publications again in 2006 before pulling in the No. 15 rated class in 2010.
Evans began his career as an assistant coach at crosstown Lubbock Christian University where he spent three seasons from 1988-90 before being named the head coach at Frank Phillips College. Evans went 64-46 in his two seasons with the Plainsmen while snapping the school record with 39 wins in 1992.
The Boyle, Miss. native joined the coaching profession after a four-year playing career at Ole Miss where he spent time at second and third base as well as in the outfield. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in public administration and then earned his master's in sports administration from Tech in 1987.