By BEN JOHNSON
Former Northeastern State head coach Kenny Evans is slated to become East Central High School’s next head coach, multiple sources told the Tahlequah Daily Press on Thursday.
Evans confirmed to the Daily Press that there have been conversations with Tulsa Public Schools about the opening, but nothing is official until the TPS’ board of education meets on Monday night.
“Nothing is official right now,” said Evans, who was relieved of his duties at NSU less than an hour after the RiverHawks’ season-ending victory over Central Oklahoma on Nov. 16.
Evans went 22-44 during his six-year career at NSU. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Evans coached linebackers at Louisiana Tech in 2008. He was also an assistant at North Texas before that.
Other options were out there for Evans during his ongoing occupation search. He turned down a potential scouting job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he also interviewed for some high school coaching jobs in north Texas.
“Some of them I was going to have to move a long ways from my son,” Evans said. “At 55, trying to get the right fit is tough. (The East Central job) seems like a good spot.”
Also luring Evans to the East Central position was the stability of the program under Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Director Gil Cloud and Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent.
“I told them with what they’re doing, I was very impressed,” Evans said. “But nothing is official yet.”
Attempts to contact Cloud were unsuccessful on Thursday afternoon.
The coaching vacancy at East Central surfaced when former head coach Bobby Klinck left to become the defensive coordinator on David Alexander’s staff at Broken Arrow High School. Klinck went 13-12 in two seasons at East Central, which made the Class 5A championship game in 2012 during Klinck’s first year.