Former Energy Star to Join Coaching Staff
The Oklahoma City Energy have hired a familiar face to be their new assistant coach.
Former star midfielder Gareth Evans has joined the coaching staff, the club announced on Thursday.
Evans will fill the void left by interim manager Leigh Veidman, who was promoted after the dismissal of John Pascarella.
After a decorated 12 year coaching career, Evans joined the coaching staff of the Oklahoma Energy FC youth setup.
"I don't think I realized quite how much I missed being around a pro environment," Evans said in a press release. "It's been five years now, which makes me feel old. There are still some familiar faces around, and I still know some of the boys from playing here or elsewhere in the past, so it's good to be back in the mix."
Evans retired after the 2015 season, where he was the vice captain for the club after making 54 appearances in two seasons.
A dominating force in the midfield, Evans was the first player in USL history to reach the 100 appearance milestone. Evans was also named to the USL All-League team in four of the six seasons he spent in the USL.
"There's a lot of talent and potential here," Evans said. "We've been a little unlucky with injuries, with some important players who have barely been able to play, but it's a great group of guys who work hard and practice has been fantastic this week."
The Energy return to action at Taft Stadium on Saturday when they host the Birmingham Legion. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.