Nate Evans has been selected as the new boys soccer coach at Flathead High School.
An interview committee of five people tabbed Evans as the top choice out of two candidates, according to Flathead Activities Director Bryce Wilson.
Evans, 26, will replace Dan Ferguson, who stepped down in December after two seasons. The Braves were 3-12 last season and 1-10-2 the year before that.
“There’s some momentum slowly building there and I’m looking to accelerate that momentum,” Evans said.
“I’ve coached at a lot of places but there’s not a better place that has the type of support that the Flathead Valley has and that Flathead High School families have for their programs.”
Evans served as Flathead’s JV coach in 2013. He played college soccer for two seasons at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin before transferring to Rocky Mountain College, where he played from 2009-2011. He also was a kicker on Rocky’s football team.
In recent years, Evans has served as a coach for club teams in the Flathead Valley.
He said he plans to implement offseason training in the summer and spring. He will also be an on-campus resource at the school, giving students a chance to meet with him during the day. He also plans to help out with the football program.
“I’m not going to be asking them for the moon and stars. I’m just asking them to work hard,” he said.
He added, “We’re going to set the bard high for our younger guys.”
The Kalispell School District 5 Board of Trustees will finalize the hire.
The selection committee included Wilson, Flathead Principal Peter Fusaro, Flathead head football coach Kyle Samson, Flathead teacher and former Brave parent Pat Reilly and former Bravette parent Twila Brenneman.
“Nate is passionate about kids and soccer; he has a strong desire to move the Flathead Boys Soccer program forward,” Wilson said. “He outlined his vision during the interview and provided a portfolio about how he plans to better the program. He conveyed the need to continue to build upon Coach Ferguson’s hard work.”