Associate director works his way to the top with the Trojans
John Evans, Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Events for the UALR Trojans, has a love of sports that has helped fuel his steady climb behind the scenes.
A native of Irving, Texas, Evans began working at UALR in 2001 as Assistant Sports Information Director (SID) and has served as the Director of the Jack Stephens Center since 2004. As assistant SID at UALR, Evans was responsible for the promotion of the volleyball, women’s basketball, baseball, tennis and swimming programs. Evans was named to his current post in August of this year.
Evans oversees the daily operation of the Jack Stephens Center, home for UALR men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball teams. It features 12 luxury suites and houses the Department of Athletics’ administrative offices. Overseeing the Jack Stephens Center alone is a large task. With so many responsibilities the relationships that Evans has with his co-workers is extremely important. Being dependable and having the type of attitude that makes people love to work with you is a quality that one must possess in a position such as Evans.
“John is a great guy to work with. He’s always willing to help” said Patrick Newton the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications. “Nobody works harder and cares more about this athletic department than he does.”
His supervision of the 5,600-seat Jack Stephens Center also includes the Legends Room, UALR academic learning center, weight room, sports therapy and hydrotherapy room and Derek Fisher Court.
Climbing the ladder in the workforce is something most people endure. Something that more times than not the average worker will have to do. John’s journey hasn’t been different. Before starting his tenure with UALR in May of 2001, Evans spent nine seasons as the assistant general manager for the Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club, the AA Texas League affiliate of the Anaheim Angels.
As assistant GM for the Travelers, Evans was responsible for the food and beverage operation at the old Ray Winder Field, along with merchandise sales, advertising sales, stadium operations and media/community relations.
Evans graduated from Texas Tech University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management. He was also a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.