In 2009, former top-pitcher Nancy Evans (who celebrates her birthday on May 24) makes her debut as Coach for the Dutch National Women Softball Team.
After agreeing to join the coachingstaff in February, her naming becomes official on March 19 when it is announced that she is named to be the assistant of Head Coach Craig Montvidas.
On November 4, 2009, Nancy undergoes surgery to repair a hamstring-injury, but because of this, she will miss the months of November and December, the first two months of the winter indoor practice sessions of the national team.
During this period, Nancy is temporarily replaced by Tracy Bunge, the former Head Coach of the University of Kansas.
Nancy returns to the Netherlands in February 2010 and re-joins the national squad on February 12 with whom she participates in the World Championship in Venezuela.|
On August 4, 2010, Nancy is named Assistant Coach of the Blue Demons, the softball team of DePaul University in Chicago (Illinois, USA).
There, she replaces Pitching Coach Cat Osterman, who resigned after the 2010 season.
In her first season at DePaul, the team finishes with a 41-15 record to rank 24 nationwide.
In the Fall of 2011, Nancy started her second season with the team.
Nancy Evans, who is from Glendale (California), can look back to an impressive career as pitcher for the Wild Cats, the softballteam of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Current Team USA top-pitcher Jennie Finch also comes from this university.
When she finishes her pitching career in 1998, Nancy Evans, who specializes of course in pitching, becomes a Coach of the Wild Cats and assists wellknown Mike Candrea, who in 2008 was the Head Coach of Team USA, which won the Silver Medal on the Olympic Games in Beijing (China).
Candrea also headed the national team on seven other big international events, including the Olympics in Athens (Greece) in 2004, when the Americans won the gold.
As a pitcher for the Wild Cats, Nancy Evans is a powerhouse, produces impressive statistics and is decorated several times.
In her five seasons (1994-1998) pitching for the Wild Cats, she finishes with an astounding 124 victories and only eight losses.
Her win-loss percentage of .939 still is a NCAA-record.
Besides that, she also is productive with the bat (playing also at 2B, 3B, SS and DP).
She finishes in top-10 lists in several offensive categories for the University of Arizona, including like basehits, doubles, homeruns, runs and walks.
Only two other players, Julie Standering (who played in the 1980s) and Tini Mascarenas (1990s) played in more Arizona-games than Evans.
With the Wild Cats, she participates in five College World Series en is a member of three championship teams, 1994, 1996 and 1997.
Due to an injury, she is unable to pitch in the 1996 CWS.
When she ties her own single-season Arizona-record of 36-2 in the 1998 season and finishes with an 0.98 ERA, three No-Hitters, 20 ShutOuts and 255 StrikeOuts in 241 innings, while batting .366 with 42 RBI's and seven homeruns in the 1998 season, Nancy Evans wins the Honda Softball Award, which is one of national awards handed out annually to the best collegiate women athletes in the nation.
In her career, Nancy Evans is named to the first team All-America in two consecutive years (1997, 1998), All Pacific-10 team, College World Series All-Tournament Team and is named Most Outstanding Player during the CWS.
In 2003, she is elected into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
During the 2002 season, her uniform number 13 is retired by the University of Arizona at a ceremony at Hillenbrand Stadium with her jersey being placed on the outfield fence.
In 1997, Nancy Evans plays with the American National Team in the Pan American Games where it wins the Gold Medal.
When she concludes her college-career in 1998, she decides to go to Europe and plays one season in Italy for Bollate, where she participates in the European Cup Tournament, finishing in third place.
After coming back to the States, Nancy Evans plays professionally for the Tampa Bay FireStix in 1999, followed by a season for the Tucson Heat, both teams from the Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL), the predecessor of the current National Pro Fastpitch (NPF).
From 1999 through 2007, Nancy Evans is the Assistant Coach for the University of Arizona, with whom she is affiliated for fifteen years.
As a coach, she again is a member of three championship teams (2001, 2006, 2007), appearing in four College World Series (reaching the final in 2002).
During her seasons as the team's Pitching Coach, she has an Arizona-pitcher being named All-American Pitcher every season.
As a coach at Arizona she works during practice sessions with pitchers, infielders and hitters and does the game-day pitching strategy.
In December 2007, Coach Evans resigns as coach to pursue other opportunities.
When she leaves, Head Coach Mike Candrea states: ,,Nancy played a very significant part in the success of Arizona softball over the years.
She has played and coached the game at the highest level and has left quite a legacy at the USA.''
Nancy Evans, who earns a degree in psychology in 1998, also is an experience and well-respected instructor for US Fastpitch Camps, where she is a National Camp Associate.
She also has made a 10-part DVD-series about pitching.
2010 --- On February 10, Nancy returns to the Netherlands and re-joins the National Team on February 12 ---
In June/July, Nancy is a member of the coaching staff when the Dutch squad participates in the World Championship in Venezuela ---
On August 4, Nancy is named Assistant Coach of DePaul University in Chicago.
2009 --- On March 19, the naming of Nancy Evans as Assistant Coach for the Dutch National Softball Team is officially announced ---
On May 3, in the opening game of the Holland Tour vs. Euro Stars, Nancy Evans makes her debut as Coach with the Dutch National Softball Team ---
On August 1, during the European Championships in Valencia (Spain), Nancy is a member of the coaching staff when the Dutch Team captures the first European title in 19 years ---
In November, Nancy undergoes surgery to repair a damaged meniscus. In the months of November and December, she is temporarily replaced during the practices of the National Team by Tracy Bunge.
2007 --- In her last season as coach at Arizona, Nancy Evans sees the team win another national title, as it comes back after an opening loss vs. Tennessee, then wins the next two games 1-0 and 5-0 ---
In December, she resigns as coach to pursue other opportunities.
2006 --- Another successful year for Coach Evans at Arizona, as it qualifies again for the College World Series-final, winning the title by shutting out Northwestern 8-0 and 5-0 in the best-of-three final.
2003 --- Nancy Evans is elected into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
2002 --- Arizona again reaches the CWS final, but is shutout 6-0 by the University of California ---
During the season, Nancy's uniform number 13 is retired by Arizona during a ceremony at Hillebrand Stadium in Tucson.
2001 --- Nancy Evans becomes a full-time Assistant Coach at the University of Arizona, with whom she returns to the College World Series. In the final, Arizona captures another title after winning 1-0 vs. UCLA.
2000 --- Nancy concludes her playing career with a season playing for the Tucson Heat in the WPSL.
1999 --- This year, Nancy becomes Coach Evans when she is a Volunteer Coach for the Wild Cats ---
Also this this, she makes her professional debut, pitching for the Tampa Bay FireStix in the Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL).
1998 --- In her last season for Arizona, the team again qualifies for the CWS final, but this time is beaten 1-0 by Fresno State ---
After the season, Nancy wins the Honda Softball Award ---
Also on 1998, Nancy plays in Italy for Bollate and participates in the European Cup Tournament.
1997 --- Back in action with Arizona, the team once more reaches the final of the CWS and captures the title by winning 10-2 vs. UCLA.
1996 --- In another CWS final, Arizona beats Washington 6-4 to win another title, but Nancy is unable to play due to an injury.
1995 --- In the second College World Series with Arizona, the team again reaches the final, but then is beaten 4-2 by UCLA. The NCAA doesn't recognize this title, as UCLA broke a recruitment rule.
1994 --- Nancy Evans makes her debut as pitcher for the Wild Cats, the softball-team of the University of Arizona ---
With the team, she qualifies for the College World Series and shutouts Cal State Northridge 4-0 in the final to win the national championship.