Idaho State parts ways with head men's basketball coach

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POCATELLO, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Idaho State University has announced the school will not renew the contract of head men's basketball coach Bill Evans.

Director of Athletics Pauline Thiros made the announcement on Tuesday, Evans' contract expires in May.

Thiros remarked on Evans' recruiting abilities,“I am grateful for the fine young men Bill brought to Idaho State, and the manner in which he has guided them." Thiros went on to say, "this was an extremely difficult decision, but at the end of the day, we have to do everything possible to give our student athletes a chance to be competitive on the court, as well as off."

As for CSI freshman and ISU commit Brayden Parker, his decision to attend ISU is pending on who the school hires to replace Evans.

Evans has been the head coach for seven years, amassing a 71-141 record and a 46-83 mark in Big Sky Conference play. This year the team went 11-19 and 7-13 in conference.

He earned NABC All-District Coach of the Year as well as the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year following the 2015-16 season.

Evans graduated all 18 of his seniors and his teams normally record a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Prior to his stint at ISU, Evans was the assistant at Montana for four years.

A nationwide search for his replacement is underway.