BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan has hired Jay Evans as its new head men's and women's tennis coach.
Evans will make the transition to WVWC after spending the last three years as the head coach at Davis & Elkins.
After a distinguished playing career at Piedmont College (Ga.), Evans has served as the head coach for Lakewood High School (2015-2017) in St. Petersburg, FL and for Mountain East Conference-member Davis & Elkins (2017-2020).
In 2018, Evans coached his Senator men and women to the GMAC Conference Tournament and led both programs to be named ITA All-Academic Teams in 2019. During his time in Elkins, he also coached five GMAC All-Conference athletes, including the 2018 GMAC Men's Freshman of the Year.
Evans said he was excited to take over control of the Bobcat tennis programs.
“I'm excited to return to the Mountain State and take over a program with such a rich history,” remarked Evans. “There's such a great amount of talent between the two teams and a really strong, established team culture that I'm excited to add my flair to, while instilling the values I cherish so much in a team atmosphere. I'm also really excited to take over a program with an attractive facility, as I think that's such a huge piece in recruiting. Having one indoor court on campus is a massive boost for performance and recruiting.”
Evans will inherit a Bobcat team that has won three consecutive MEC Championships and were 5-3 in 2020 before the season ended due to Covid-19.
The Lady Bobcats are coming off an MEC semifinals appearance in 2019.
Evans believes his experience at Davis & Elkins will help make the transition to Wesleyan an easy one.
“I think the familiarity with the Mountain East Conference and Atlantic Region really helps, as I know where WVWC currently stands and where it's capable of going, as well as the recruiting both in-state and out of state,” stated Evans. “I learned a lot in my three years at D&E and am looking forward to using those lessons and experiences to make the WVWC programs and athletes achieve the successes that they are capable of, as well as a hunger within to learn from my own shortcomings and show people what I'm truly capable of as a coach, leader, and mentor.”
Wesleyan athletic director Randy Tenney was excited about the hire.
“We are thrilled to announce Jay Evans as our new head tennis coach,” remarked Tenney. “During this process, Jay has proven himself to be the right individual to lead West Virginia Wesleyan tennis into the future through his experience and his ability to develop talent.”