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Nancy Evans
named Assistant Coach

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Former top pitcher to assist Craig Montvidas

NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - Former top pitcher Nancy Evans has been named Assistant Coach for the Dutch National Softball Team, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNSB) announced on Thursday, March 19. Nancy Evans, who agreed to join the coachingstaff in February, will assist Craig Montvidas, who was named Head Coach of the national squad in December.

Nancy Evans looks forward to coaching the Dutch National Squad. ,,It's great!!'', she said in a first reaction. On Wednesday, March 11, she already met most of the players while being with the team during their strength and conditioning practice at Papendal Sport Center. After having talks at the Dutch Federation's Head Office, Nancy Evans returned home the next day to London (England) where she lives. On the photo right, she poses with Head Coach Craig Montvidas before her departure at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

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. After finishing her pitching career, Nancy Evans, who of course specializes in pitching, became a Coach of the Wild Cats, assisting 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 did win the gold.

As pitcher for the Wild Cats, Nancy Evans compiled more than impressive statistics and was decorated several times. In five seasons (1994-1998) pitching for the Wild Cats, she finished with 124 victories and only eight losses. Her won-loss percentage of .939 still is a NCAA-record. Besides that, she was also productive at bat (she also played at 2B, 3B, SS and DP), finishing in top-10 lists of several offensive categories for the University of Arizona, including basehits, doubles, homeruns, runs and walks. With the Wild Cats, she was a member of three championship teams during the College World Series, playing in 1994 and 1997, but missing 1996 due to an injury.

After tying her own single-season Arizona-record of 36-2 and finishing 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 won the Honda Softball Award, which is one of the national awards handed out annually to the best collegiate women athletes in the nation.

In her career, she also named to the All-America First Team in two consecutive years (1997, 1998), All Pacific-10 team, College World Series All-Tournament Team and was named Most Outstanding Player during the CWS. In 2003, she was elected into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. During the 2002 season, her uniform number 13 was 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 played in the American National Team on the Pan American Games where Team USA won the Gold Medal. After concluding her career in Arizona in 1998, she went to Italy in the same year and played for Bollate, with whom she participated in the European Cup Tournament. When she came back to the States, Nancy Evans played professionally for the Tampa Bay FireStix in 1999, followed by a season for the Tucson Heat, both teams in the Women's Professional Softball League, the predecessor of the current National Pro Fastpitch.

From 1999 through 2007, Nancy Evans was the Assistant Coach for the University of Arizona, with whom she was affiliated for fifteen years. As a coach, she again was a member of three championship teams (2001, 2006, 2007) and had a pitcher being named All-American Pitcher in every season she was the team's Pitching Coach. As a coach, she worked during practice sessions with pitchers, infielders and hitters and did the game-day pitching strategy. In December 2007, Nancy Evans resigned as coach to pursue other opportunities. When she left, Head Coach Mike Candrea said: ,,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 earned 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, and made a 10-part DVD-series about pitching.

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