Al Evans spent the past 21 years coaching cross country and track and field at La Vergne.
He is leaving the school in the fall with one more honor.
Evans, 57, has been named The Daily News Journal’s 2012 Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year after leading the Wolverines to a third straight Rutherford County track title as well as an eighth-place finish in the TSSAA Class AAA state meet.
“This is probably the best overall team that I’ve had,” said Evans, who will teach and coach track and field at Oakland High starting this school year.
La Vergne volunteer coach Mark Stephens, who has been the team’s throwing coach, is also leaving the North Rutherford school to assist at Oakland High.
“I’m very excited,” Evans said of his new opportunity. “Mr. Spurlock has been very, very supportive. He’s treated me really nice.”
Evans had a little bit of everything this season, from distance running and sprints to a dominating group of throwers. Two of his throwers — Alex Young and Marcus Franklin — won state titles. And Jonathan Conley also placed in the 800-meter run at the state meet.
On the girls side, Rickey Field again had Riverdale performing at a high level. The Lady Warriors won the county title and the Class AAA sectional this season. Field has been named The Daily News Journal’s 2012 Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year.
“Based on what we lost last year and the fact that we had just six seniors I thought we had a great season,” Field said. “It started in the offfseason in our speed and conditioning work. We did a great job of minimizing our injuries on the girls side.”
Riverdale, like La Vergne’s boys, had a strong overall team. They had strengths at the sprinting events with Joy Frierson and Olivia Jones. They did well in the jumping events with Ashley Haymond and Tiffany Onwu. But they also were well rounded in the other events.
“We want our team to special in every event,” Field said.