Big Changes Ahead For Palo Duro High School In Amarillo, TX
It was just a few days ago that the Amarillo, TX. area said goodbye to legendary Randall High School baseball coach Cory Hamilton after his team provided us with the run of a lifetime, falling just short of playing for a state championship.
That was already enough for the area, but now we have another incredible career we have to celebrate as another long-time, legendary coach is stepping away from his post.
Palo Duro High School boys basketball head coach Jeff Evans has decided to step down from his post after 23 years of guiding the program to a lot of wins. Evans compiled an very impressive 546-156 record in his 23 years as head coach, and only one thing eluded him in his time here, and that was a state championship.
I know a lot of people measure the success of a coach at any level based on whether or not they can win a championship, but that isn't what defines Evans in the Amarillo area. He was a pillar of stability for the program. You knew Evans would be on that sideline as the boys went to battle, and you knew he would have them prepared for a win.
He was more than a coach, he was a mentor for these young boys and guided plenty of them to college with his knowledge and passion for the game.
So why is Evans calling it a day? Well, he's not retiring. He is chasing a dream himself, and that's to coach at the collegiate level. He's spoken to some friends he has at that level, and it's not a question of IF he will be in the college ranks next season, it's more of a question of where.
Best of luck in your future endeavors Coach Evans, and thank you for the 23 years you've given to the community!