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The new Gator coach brings new attitude
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    A new season sees a new head coach with a new attitude at the helm of the Bulloch Academy baseball program.
    Daryl Evans brings almost 10 years of college coaching experience with him as he and assistants Scott Cram and Chad Huffman guide the Gators in their 2008 campaign.
    “I want the team to improve from the first day of practice to the last game,” said Evans, a 31-year old native of Allentown, Pennsylvania. “We want the kids to improve on their skills. If that translates into wins and making the state tournament, then great. The guys have shown their willingness to try some different things. They are doing what we ask. It’s been, ‘Yes sir and no sir’. Now, it’s up to them to take that and apply it in games. I’m really looking forward to the season.”
    Evans most recently spent time as an assistant coach with the Luray College Wrangers of Luray, Virginia. Prior to that, he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator of the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Knights of Laurinburg, N.C. At Bulloch Academy, he teaches middle-school mathematics and also a ninth-grade health class.
    “Baseball has always been baseball, no matter what level it is,” he said. “I wanted to be a head coach and am grateful for the opportunity. The main thing I’ve noticed in making the transition from the college to high school is that you don’t have as much time to go over things with players. You could call a college player up and tell him to meet you at the field at 9 a.m. Here, you just have from four to six in the afternoon.”
    Evans also spent two years with the Allegheny College Gators in Meadville, PA, three years with the Chowan College Braves in Murfreesboro, N.C., two years with the Lafayette College Leopards in Easton PA., and one year with the Muhlenberg College Mules in Allentown, PA. At each program, Evans was the pitching coach and/or recruiting coordinator. During his coaching career, over 20 former players have signed major league contracts.
    Earlier this week, his BA Gators played an exhibition contest in Louisville against Class A state finalist Thomas Jefferson Academy, losing 4-1.
    “We saw some good things,” said Evans. “We turned two double plays. For the most part, we were in the right positions. The guys showed good patience at the plate. There’s definitely talent to work with and we will take it and help make it better.”
    Bulloch kicks off its regular season on Monday, March 10, hosting St. Andrews of Savannah. The Gators have five straight home games before beginning GISA Region 2-AA play on March 18 when they host Frederica Academy.
    “I would like to see the kids get some wins early and get their confidence level up,” said Evans. “It helps them to see the benefit of the hard work they are doing in practice. The main thing is seeing improvement and learning more about the fundamentals of baseball.”
    Evans, who earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in mathematics from DeSales University (formerly Allentown College), has also coached in the Major League Baseball-sponsored collegiate summer wooden bat program with the Coastal Plain League, the New York Collegiate and the Valley League. He was an assistant coach for the 2002 Coastal Plain League Champions, the Outer Banks Daredevils. 
    He has helped organize and run numerous baseball camps including ones held at William and Mary, the University of Richmond, Christopher Newport, DeSales, and Virginia Wesleyan. Evans is also currently a college consultant for Head First Baseball, where he helps advise high-school athletes on the recruiting and admissions processes of colleges and universities.