Jonathan Evan started in 2017 as the head coach of the men’s soccer program at Eastern Oklahoma State College. He also serves as the assistant coach for the women’s soccer program.
In his second season in charge, the Mountaineers built on a strong first campaign under Coach E, once again bowing out in the Region II semifinals. In year two Evan brought in his first full recruiting class and with that class came some significant achievements for the young Eastern program. Led by sophomore captain Edgar Torres, the Mountaineers qualified as the 3rd seed, in a much improved Region II, by earning points with their season on the line in 4 of their last 5 games. The Mountaineers did not shy away from competition playing one of the most competitive schedules in the country. Eastern played 2 teams that reached the NJCAA Division I semifinals and the eventual Division III National Champion, Richland JC. In fact, Eastern was one of only 2 teams to beat Richland on their way to their 7th national championship. Eastern knocked off Richland, who was ranked #1 in the country at the time, in a thrilling 2-1 game at Richland to spark their late-season run to the Region II semifinals. Additionally, Torres was once again named to the Region II All-Conference Team along with freshmen goalkeeper Marc-Antoine Huzen. Sophomore Chris Thorpe was also recognized for his efforts, earning a spot on the Region II All-Tournament Team. Huzen and Torres were each honored during the season as Region II players of the week as well. Once again the Mountaineer men earned high marks in the classroom with a team GPA above 3.2, and had 7 student-athletes recognized for academic excellence on the NJCAA Academic All-America list.
In his first season at Eastern, Evan led the Mountaineers to a Region II semifinal appearance, placing two players on the Region II All-Conference Team and team captain Edgar Torres on the All-Tournament Team. Off the field, the Mountaineers thrived under Evan with a team GPA above a 3.0, including two first team NJCAA Academic All-America selections.
Prior to EOSC Coach E spent a year as the associate head coach at Jackson State University. In 2016-17 Evan also served as a staff coach for MS Soccer ODP and the state education staff.
In the spring of 2016, he led his U19 boys’ team to the USYF National Championship.
Evan moved to Jackson State following a short stint with Oakland City in the spring of 2016 after spending the 2015 season as the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Evan also served as a staff coach for TN Soccer ODP and the KY Soccer Education Staff. Prior to KWC, he was the head men’s soccer coach at Brescia University. He arrived at Brescia after spending 2013 with the TN Olympic Development program and coaching club soccer in Clarksville, TN in addition to his duties as director of coaching for National Soccer Club. Prior to his experience in Tennessee, Evan was the head men’s soccer coach at UMaine Farmington. In his first season in charge, Evan guided UMF to their best regular-season finish since becoming a D3 member of the NAC.
Evan gained a wealth of experience at various stops in the soccer coaching world, including stops at UMaine Farmington, Rollins College, Midwestern State University, Boston University, Jacksonville University, Fernandina Beach High School and First Coast High School in Florida, and the North Florida United Club. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Evan played professionally in the USL for the Jacksonville Cyclones and Cocoa Expos. At the collegiate level, he was a goalkeeper on two NCAA Division II Final Four teams at Southern Connecticut State under the guidance of the venerable Ray Reid.
Evan earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Midwestern State University. He is a nationally certified personal trainer and nutrition counselor and also holds coaching licenses with both the NSCAA and USSF.