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UND adds GF native Emily Evers as full-time women's basketball assistant

File photo: UND's Emily Evers (left) pulls a rebound away from Houston Baptist's Brittany Barton (22) in the second half of UND's win Feb. 2, 2012. JOHN STENNES

After a standout college basketball career, Emily Evers obtained a UND marketing degree, played one season of pro basketball in Spain and didn't exactly have coaching on her mind.

But UND head women's basketball coach Travis Brewster approached the Grand Forks Red River product, and the chance to return to the sideline in an official role was too good to pass up.

The Fighting Hawks announced Thursday that Evers has been hired as a full-time assistant coach after one season as a volunteer.

Evers takes over for Katelin Oney, who spent two years in Grand Forks before taking a job at Cleveland State.

UND now has alums in all three assistant roles, as Evers joins Mallory (Youngblut) Bernhard and Adam Jacobson.

"I'm just really happy to come back to UND in an official role and start working with the team again," Evers said. "I've missed that since I graduated."

Evers, a 6-foot-6 center, was a two-time conference sixth woman of the year, winning the honor as a redshirt freshman in the team's final season in the Great West Conference, then doing the same as a junior in the Big Sky Conference.

That season, Evers helped UND to the program's first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. UND won the Big Sky regular season, then the conference tournament at home at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

"She has an awesome story to share with our recruits and players," Brewster said. "Emily exemplified loyalty and perseverance as a player and now as a coach. Emily will communicate and teach what it takes on and off the court. She has an excellent basketball mind and she's extremely passionate about the program."

Evers finished her UND career with 1,026 points, 750 rebounds and 177 blocks.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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