Hillgrove baseball assistant Evans hired by Peachtree Ridge
by Will Hammock
Gwinnett Daily Post
June 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 2148 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jason Evans wanted to be a head coach, but he didn’t want to leave Hillgrove for just any opportunity.

It had to be the right one.

The 38-year-old recently found it and accepted the head baseball coaching position at Peachtree Ridge. Evans had been the assistant head coach the past eight years at Hillgrove, where he had worked since the day the school opened.

He takes over a Peachtree Ridge program that went 92-77 under previous coach Ryan Hanik, who led the Lions to their first four state playoff appearances in school history during his six seasons as head coach.

“I’m very, very excited to get over there next week to get going,” said Evans, who will work as a counselor. “The community and school are top-notch. I was looking for an opportunity to be a head coach in the right situation. The community and the support system are great and the team is not in a rebuilding position.

“You can just take over this thing and keep going with it. You’ve got everything in place.”

Evans has spent the bulk of his coaching career at Hillgrove, which he helped build from a young program into a state contender. He served as the team’s hitting, catching and third-base coach under head coach and longtime friend David Richardson — both are natives of Estill Springs, Tenn.

The Hawks have fared well in the state playoffs in recent seasons, including a matchup with Parkview in the 2011 state championship series.

Hillgrove played several other Gwinnett teams over the years, including a regular series with Mill Creek, one of Peachtree Ridge’s Region 7AAAAAA rivals.

“That region (7AAAAAA) is probably the best region in the state,” said Evans, who plans to commute from his home in Acworth for a few months before relocating with his wife, Kelly, and three young daughters into the Peachtree Ridge district. “As a coach, that’s what you want to do, compete against the best.”

Evans’ coaching career also includes high school stints in Tennessee at his alma mater, Franklin County, and Tullahoma. He also spent three years as an NCAA Division II coach at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

Prior to coaching, Evans was a two-time junior college All-American at Motlow Community College in Tullahoma and a two-year starter at catcher for the University of Tennessee. He also played two seasons of independent professional baseball for the Tennessee Tomahawks.
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