Steve Evans is the seventh head men's basketball coach in LeMoyne College history. The former assistant coach at Northwestern University and Siena College currently ranks second in program wins and has guided the Dolphins to a 164-172 (.488) overall record and 118-147 conference record in his first 12 seasons.
In seven of his 12 years as head coach, Evans has had a player named to one of the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference teams, including each of the last five years. Five times, Evans has had a player garner First Team All-Conference accolades. Also, five players have been picked to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team, the most recent being senior guard Chris Johnson in 2008-09. Additionally, Evans is the only coach in the conference during a five year period to have had players selected as the Player of the Year (Laurence Ekperigin, 2008-09), Defensive Player of the Year (Jason Holmes, 2007-08) and Freshman of the Year (Trent Morgan, 2004-05). Of the 31 players to complete their playing eligibility under Evans, 30 have graduated with a degree.
Evans and the Dolphins gained national attention in an exhibition contest to open the 2009-2010 season by defeating Syracuse University, 82-79, in the Carrier Dome. After starting the year 10-8, Evans led the Dolphins to wins in eight of their final nine regular season contests to finish fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference standings. At the end of the season, senior forward Laurence Ekperigin was named to the Daktronics,Basketball Times and NABC State Farm Coaches Division II All-America teams after earning spots on the Northeast-10 Conference First Team, Daktronics East Region First Team and NABC East District First Team. Ekperigin also played in the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game as part of the Division II Elite Eight at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Prior to becoming the head coach at LeMoyne, Coach Evans spent three seasons with perennial Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference power Siena College. At Siena, Evans worked under current Golden State Warriors Assistant Coach Bob Beyer and current George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt. The Saints jumped from a nine-win season in his first season to a 17-win season in 1997-98 and a 25-win campaign in 1998-99 that included a trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The 25 wins were the most in Siena College men's basketball history.
Following his three years at Siena, Evans helped mold the nation's youngest Division I basketball team at Northwestern University of the Big Ten Conference. With the Wildcats, Evans worked under former University of Southern California head coach Kevin O'Neill.
Evans is a 1994 graduate of Union College. The American Studies major started for four years with the Dutchmen. In his senior season, Evans served as team captain, set the school single-season assist record and ranked third in NCAA Division III for assists. As a point guard he was named the Union College Freshman Athlete of the Year in 1991.