A familiar face has returned to coach the Wellspring Prep Academy girls varsity basketball team.
The Wolves announced that Tim Evans has taken over coaching duties at the Grand Rapids-based high school. He has replaced Matt Haack, who has stepped down to spend more time with his family.
Evans’ coaching career began at Wellspring. He served as the Wolves’ first junior varsity boys basketball coach from 2013-16. He has coached Cedar Springs freshmen and junior varsity boys as well as Walker Charter Academy Middle School girls over the past five seasons.
“I’m very excited for this,” Evans said. “(Coaching a varsity team) is something I’ve hoped for for a couple of years now. I am excited for it to be at Wellspring because that’s where I started my coaching career. It’s kind of fitting that I’m back there. I had nothing but great experiences coaching at Wellspring. There is a very good support system here.
“I had a really good relationship with Fritz (Schweitzer), the varsity boys basketball coach and (girls assistant coach) Chad (Metz). Even after I left, we would meet periodically just to catch up. I have been around even though I left.”
Evans is a graduate of Redford Union High School, where he played four years of basketball. He also graduated from Aquinas College, and he works as a sports program specialist for the YMCA in Belmont.
Coaching was an idea that came to Evans when he was playing in high school.
“My junior varsity coach and the varsity girls coach and I were sitting and watching one of the other games going on. This was my senior year, and they told me that they could see me as a coach,” he said. “One of them told me if I stuck around when I was in college that I would have a spot on the staff. That put the idea in my head.
“My family has a history of teachers, and my grandpa was a football coach on the east side of the state. I guess you could say it was in my blood. But the original thought came when two coaches that I knew at my high school said we can see you being a coach, and it just kind of stuck.”
The Wolves finished 9-10 overall a year ago. Evans said his number one goal is to grow the program, and the key will be introducing a junior varsity team.
“I know that they haven’t had a JV girls team in some time now,” he said. “It will be a challenge to get a JV team, but I feel that is the best way to grow a program. I understand they lost a lot of strong seniors from last year’s group. I am excited to work with this upcoming group and develop them. I know Matt Haack did a really good job during his tenure at Wellspring.”