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Nancy Evans
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/07/2006
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Should Nancy Evans ever look for a new career, she could consider working as a travel agent in Oklahoma City.

            This is not to say that Evans, who enters her seventh year as a full-time assistant at Arizona, has yielded anything less than the best results as a coach.  Since she began tutoring the Wildcat pitchers, Evans has produced an All-American hurler every season.

            The consequence of UA’s dominance in the circle has continued to make Evans and the Wildcats regulars in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series.

            Since Evans joined the Wildcat family as a freshman in the spring of 1994, she has made the trip to OKC 11 times in 13 years.  The two years she didn’t make the trip came in 1996 when the WCWS was held in Columbus, Ga., and in 2004 when the Wildcats’ season ended with a 55-6 record in NCAA Regional play.

A bona-fide winner, Evans competed on two National Championship teams at Arizona, in 1994 and 1998, while redshirting the 1996 campaign that saw UA bring home the hardware.  Immediately following her collegiate career as a Honda Softball Award winner and National Player of the Year, Evans began working with the UA softball program as a volunteer assistant in the 1999 and 2000 seasons, prior to coming on board as a full-time assistant in 2001.

During the 2002 season, ceremonies at Hillenbrand Stadium marked the enshrinement of Evans’ jersey No. 13 on the outfield fence, one of just five players so honored.

            In addition to her Honda Softball Award, Evans’ efforts as a student-athlete were recognized with a mountain of hardware.  Among the honors were first-team All-America citations for two consecutive years, Academic All-America honors, All-College World Series membership and College World Series Most Valuable Player.

            Evans’ accomplishments on the diamond include tying her own single-season record with a 36-2 mark in 1998, striking out 255 and recording a 0.98 earned run average.  She finished her career with a record of 124-8, No. 1 on UA’s chart and then-No. 3 on the NCAA chart. Her .939 winning percentage remains the best mark in NCAA history.

      Evans’ grittiness showed at the most critical time of the year ?- in College World Series ?- where she won 10 games against two losses in her career.

      Only two other Arizona players ?- All American shortstop Julie Standering in the 1980s and All-American Toni Mascarenas in the late 1990s ?- played more games in a Wildcat uniform than Evans. She did it in the circle, at third base, shortstop or second, and was a good enough batter to be slotted in as the designated player numerous times.

      She finished her career in a number of top-10 Arizona offensive record categories, including hits, doubles, home runs, runs batted in and walks.

      Evans played on the USA National team in 1997 when her team won the gold medal in the Pan Am Games. In 1998, she went on to play overseas in Italy where she played in the European Championships.  During her career, Evans also participated in the Olympic Festival softball games.  In 1999, she continued her professional career with the WPSL (Women’s Professional Fastpitch League) as a member of the Tampa Bay Firestix and won a national championship. More recently, she has also played for the Tucson Heat professional team.

Evans, who hails from Glendale, Calif., graduated from the The University of Arizona in 1998 with a degree in psychology.

 

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