The Halifax Rainmen’s newest head coach has an extensive NBA background.
The Rainmen announced on Wednesday that Mike Evans will be the successor to Les Berry, who resigned on Monday to pursue other career opportunities.
The 55-year-old Evans is a nine-year NBA veteran who was an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors and an interim head coach with the Nuggets.
“We are going to do our very, very best to bring a championship to this province, to this city,” Evans said at a press conference announcing his hiring. “It’s important, it’s what the people want, it’s the organization wants, it’s what (owner) Andre (Levingston) wants, and we’re gonna strive to make it happen.”
Evans becomes the third head coach in the Rainmen’s four-year history. His contract runs until the end of the Premier Basketball League season in May.
He will make his coaching debut with the Rainmen, 4-2, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Metro Centre against the Saint John Mill Rats.
As a player, Evans averaged 7.7 points in 591 career games with the Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers. He was known for his three-point shooting, finishing third in shots made in 1983-84 and 1984-85.
As a coach, he served as interim head coach of the Nuggets for 56 games in 2001-02 and also held roles with the club as an assistant coach and director player personnel. He was an assistant coach with the Raptors in 2007-08 and 2008-09.