Warriors looking for a football coach again
May 30, 2003
Former Whittell High football coach Mike Evans brought enthusiasm, commitment and victories to the program last fall|Tribune file|.
Whittell High is searching for a new football coach for the fifth time in five years.
Mike Evans, who directed the Warriors into the postseason last season, has decided not to return.
“The dream situation would be to teach and live up there but commuting from Reno with a baby on the way is just about impossible,” said Evans, who has agreed to an assistant coaching position at Wooster High in Reno where he lives. “I’ll really miss the kids at Whittell and I love parents there.
“What they need is someone on staff and absolute stability. They need to get someone in their 20s who will be there for a long time.”
Evans and his wife, Ilene, are expecting their first child at the end of August.
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Whittell Athletic Director Brian Mehrer had been hopeful that Evans, who guided the Warriors to fourth place in the eight-team Northern 2A League and a 30-0 romp over rival Incline, would return.
“Mike wavered back and forth and it got to the point where we had to hire somebody,” said Whittell Athletic Director Brian Mehrer.
In addition to teaching at Little Flower Elementary School in Reno, Evans also umpires baseball games and referees basketball games. During his one season at Whittell, Evans demonstrated an energy and commitment few coaches can rival, driving to remote locations like Tonopah and White Pine to scout teams on his time.
Mehrer has already determined that there is no interest in the position among staff members.
“At this point in the year it would be nice if we could select a coach that is on staff,” Mehrer said. “We need somebody with football experience … someone who wants to come in and put in some time and develop the program with the young guys.”
Twelve members of the Warriors’ 23-player 2002 roster are graduating, including Jake Summers, who led the team with 171 tackles. Five returners are freshmen.
“The one thing that I’ll remember most is how the seniors showed tremendous leadership,” Evans said. “No matter what had happened to them in the past, they were going to throw everything they had into that one season to make the playoffs. They weren’t going to be denied as seniors.”
Additionally limiting Mehrer’s options is the Whittell teaching staff’s continuity. With no teachers planning to leave before the next school year, Mehrer can’t hire a teacher/football coach as a replacement.
Losing Evans at a time when the program needs an established leader to recruit new players is a tough blow to the Warriors.
“Mike did an awesome job … the kids loved him,” Mehrer said. “It’s unfortunate that we are going to lose him.”
Evans will become a valuable resource for the next Warrior coach. Evans has agreed to turn over all of his resources from last season, including game film on all taped games, to the new coach.
Prospective coaching candidates can reach Mehrer at (775) 588-2446.
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