During a Middlesboro Lions Club meeting last week Krystal Evans spoke about her journey to coaching.
Evans recently finished her first year as the LMU Women’s Basketball coach. She is the daughter of a coach and basketball has been a large part of her family’s history since she was young.
Evans was born in Indiana and spent her youth traveling around the country to different universities where her father was given women’s basketball coaching opportunities. As she grew up, Evans learned to love the sport and considered the players to be part of her family.
“I loved growing up around the players, and they became big sisters to me. I always enjoyed that and hope to be a family and an influence like that on my players,” said Evans.
Evans has served as a coach or assistant coach at several schools across the country including the University of Southern Mississippi and Gardner-Webb University in South Carolina. She was offered positions at Auburn University in Alabama and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She recently completed her thirteenth season as a coach.
“Sometimes the experiences and opportunities we’re given in life teach you as much what not to do as what to do with your time here. I’m thankful for where I’ve been and what I’ve done, but that’s something I’ve learned that will definitely stick with me,” said Evans.
Despite her different opportunities, her coaching style remains the same in a few aspects. Evans puts the emphasis on having good grades, giving back to the community and prayer before playing.
“I have a chance to be influential and I choose to share my faith with them. At the end of the day, if they’re not leaving the program as a better person, ready to be a good wife and having a better relationship with Christ, then I’m a failure. Yes we want to win championships, but if they’re not winning a championship in their life then I’ve done nothing,” said Evans.
The first game of the season will be Nov. 13 for the LMU Lady Railsplitters.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.