After 17 years as an assistant football coach Lee Evans is getting his shot as a head coach.

Evans was named Boyd County’s coach Thursday and the 39-year-old is fired up about it.

“I’ve been an assistant for four years under coach (Dane) Damron. The people here are great, they want to win football games, the booster club works hard, the kids work hard and there’s a lot here to like,” said Evans, who was an assistant at Ashland from 1989-2001 before joining Damron at Boyd County. “Our goal is to win a district championship and to do it regularly. I think it’s possible to do it every year.”

Evans replaces Damron, who became the first football coach at Kentucky Christian University in May. In Damron’s four seasons, he compiled a record of 24-22 with three Class AAA playoff appearances in his four years.

Boyd County Athletic Director David Bayes, a member of the search committee, said Evans was chosen in part because of his familiarity with the program.

“What we liked about him was that we saw his work ethic and that we know he's a hard worker,” Bayes said. “We also looked at it from a continuity standpoint. He knows the staff and the players and we know that he will step in and do a good job.”

Evans, the Lions’ defensive coordinator the last two seasons, said the biggest transition will come on offense. He said Boyd County’s wide open attack will be altered to focus on the running game.

“Our offense is going to change a little bit. We’ll be in a two-back set and that change will be a little bit of a challenge,” Evans said. “We’ll probably run the ball 65 or 70 percent of the time. We’re going to be young at quarterback no matter what so we don’t want to throw a young kid to the wolves. We’re going to protect (the quarterback) by running the ball a little more.”

Evans, who was one of two finalists for the position, said he wants to continue to build the program at every level. He said developing the feeder system is important for long-term success.

“I’m making an effort to make sure our feeder system is coordinated with us and that’s going to take some work. I’m convinced that if we can connect with the feeder program from the second grade up we can consistently win,” he said. “I want our kids to expect to win at least eight or nine games a year and that includes district championships.”

Assistant coach Brent Terry will take over as defensive coordinator. Other assistant include Jeff Frazier (defensive backs), Nate McPeek (offensive line), Creth Boyd (offensive line), Chris Holbrook (defensive line), Nick Palmer (linebackers) and Vince Jones (receivers). John Pennington and David Trimble will also have various duties on the staff.

Evans’ former boss said Boyd County made a good selection.

“Lee Evans is a top notch individual. He’s a tireless worker and I don’t believe they could have hired a better person to continue to build the football program,” Damron said. “For Lee this has been a long time coming and he’ll attack this opportunity with a tremendous amount of passion.”

RICK GREENE can be reached at rgreene@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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