Coach of Distinction

Dave Evans, Coach of Distinction

Everyone who has ever met Coach Evans, has always said he is one of the most affable, kind, and nicest guys you will ever meet. He’s such an unassuming guy, that when he first learned that he was going to be inducted into the Sports Wall of Fame, he flatly turned down the invitation. Coach Evans has always said, “it’s about the kids and not about me”. But when he heard that two of his former swimmers had nominated him for induction, did he didn’t want to let them down and finally agreed to the induction. That sums up Coach Evans!

Dave grew up in West Seneca, graduating from West, and then went to SUNY-Cortland where he swam for the Red Dragons. After graduating, Evans became a Hamburg teacher and started coaching the girls swimming team in 1977. In 1979, Dave was named head coach of the first Boys varsity lacrosse team, when it was first recognized as school sport, coaching for 6 seasons. During his swim coaching career, Dave won 4 sectionals, 6 conference, and 11 divisional championships. He compiled an overall W-L record of W: 223 L: 57. Evans was named Super 7 and ECIC Boys swim coach of the year in 1988 and named Super 7 Girls swim coach of the year for three consecutive years: 1985-1987, which was during this incredible run of the girl’s swim program where his teams went on a remarkable 54 consecutive meet win run, that helped get this group of swimmers inducted as the Teams of Distinction in 2013.

Dave stopped coaching the girl’s program in 1987, only to come back and coach again from 2007-2015. Dave finally retired from teaching and coaching and lives an active retirement with his wife of 43 years, Janet and he has three grown Hamburg graduate children: Laura, Dan, and Jessica.