Evans' contract not renewed after 15 years

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Southern Utah will not renew the contract of coach Bill Evans, who is being let go after leading the program for 15 seasons.

Evans contract expires this year, and athletic director Ken Beazer said Monday that the coach would not be brought back for next season.

Southern Utah finished this season 16-14, leaving Evans with a record of 209-223 since taking over as interim coach during the 1992-92 season.

"I love the program and I love the guys I've worked with," Evans said. "I think I've been a team player and done what was asked of me. The only regret I really have is that I'm not going to be able to come back."

He's the winningest coach in school history and took the Thunderbirds to their only NCAA Tournament appearance, in 2001.

Since then, Evans' teams have struggled. Before this season, Southern Utah hadn't had a winning season since 2000-01.