Tennessee State women's basketball coach Ty Evans is resigning


Ty Evans has resigned as Tennessee State women's basketball coach, according to athletic director Mikki Allen.

Evans led the Tigers to a 34-78 overall record and a 20-54 record in the Ohio Valley Conference in four seasons.

The last time TSU posted a winning record was 2014-15 under coach Larry Joe Inman. Evans helped TSU qualify for the OVC tournament three seasons in a row, securing an opening-round win in 2022 and 2024.

“Coach Evans informed me today of his decision to step down as our head women’s basketball coach,” Allen said in a school release Thursday. “I would like to thank Coach Ty for his contributions to our women’s basketball program and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Evans, a Beloit, Wisconsin, native who previously served as an assistant at Auburn and Alabama, took over a team that had won just 11 games combined over the two seasons. TSU went 0-22 in Evans' first season.

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Allen said he would immediately launch a nationwide search for Evans' successor.

The Tigers finished the 2023-24 season with a slight upturn. After a three-game losing streak, TSU won four of its last seven games. That included a 58-50 victory over Morehead State in the opening round of the OVC tournament.

Only two of TSU's starters – junior forward Lyric Cole, a transfer from Austin Peay, and junior forward Saniah Parker – are expected to return. Cole averaged 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds during the 2023-24 season, while Parker averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.

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