Toledo extends soccer coach Evans through 2016Written by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Toledo made sure one of its most successful coaches will stick around a few more years when it agreed with women’s soccer coach Brad Evans on a contract extension running through 2016.
Evans, the reigning back-to-back Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, has won three regular-season league championships and four MAC Tournament titles in his 11 years. He has the 50th best win percentage in Division I at 62 percent (185-108-26).
“I’m grateful for the tremendous faith [UT] has shown in me over the years, and I’m thrilled with what we have accomplished in developing a first-class soccer program both on and off the field,” Evans said. “This type of long-term success does not happen without great support. For over a decade, my family has been enthusiastic and proud residents of the Toledo area, and we will be for years to come.”
Not only have the Rockets had success on the field, including a league-best 78.2 winning percentage the past five years in conference play, but they have succeeded off it as well. In fact, Toledo has posted a top-10 team grade point average the past six years, including the No. 5 GPA last year at 3.61.
“Brad has rebuilt a national-caliber program while being the head coach at the University of Toledo,” UT athletic director Mike O’Brien said. “Obviously winning a MAC-best four tournament titles and advancing to the postseason each of those seasons are a big part of that, but also his student-athletes have produced in the classroom and been active in the community. We’re pleased about this commitment to Brad and look forward to him being with us for many years to come.”
Toledo finished 14-7-2 in 2011and won the MAC Tournament Championship after winning 12 of 13 league games on the year. The team was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Championships with a 1-0 loss to Marquette.