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Evans steps down at Westview football

Former assistant Greg Fisher takes the reins as Westview's third head coach in school history
by: MILES VANCE, STEPPING BACK — Jon Evans led Westview to it best-ever season in 2007, taking the Wildcats to a 10-2 record, a  Metro League co-title and state quarterfinal appearance.

ROCK CREEK - Hot on the heels of the best football season in Westview's 14-year history, Wildcats' coach Jon Evans announced Monday that he is stepping down.

Former assistant Greg Fisher, who's also been in charge of the school's JV football program, will take over for the 2008 season, while Evans will remain on board as the team's offensive coordinator.

'It wasn't anything sudden,' Evans said. 'It's something I'd thought through for a year or two and Greg had been getting ready for a year or two.'

'We're real pleased,' said Westview Athletic Director Mike Sanderson. 'Jon is very happy and Greg's excited to take the program over with Jon staying on board.'

Evans, 47, coached the Wildcats for the past eight seasons after taking over in 2000 from Westview's first coach, Ron Linehan. A former college quarterback at Lewis and Clark who cut his teeth assisting under Linehan at both Sunset and Westview, Evans said he decided to step back because it would allow him more time to actually coach his team's players.

'It's exciting to get back to doing a lot more coaching stuff with the kids,' Evans said.

During his seven seasons at the helm of the Wildcats' program, Evans' teams went 34-26 (a .567 winning percentage) in Metro League play and 50-30 overall (.625).

After starting his head coaching career with a difficult 2-6, 3-6 campaign back in 2000, Evans' teams progressively got better and closed his tenure with four straight playoff berths, going 22-6 in Metro play and 34-10 overall in those same years.

'It was like two different presidential terms,' Evans said of his first four years versus his last four years as head coach. 'I don't know if we were working any harder as a staff (in the last four years), but we're starting to develop younger players more quickly.'

Evans' 2007 team was his best, going 4-1 in league, 10-2 overall, winning a share of the Cats' first Metro championship and advancing to the state quarterfinals for the first time ever.