, Corbin, KY

March 19, 2014

Evans, Overbey named Co-Coaches of the Year

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches had a tough decision to make this season and as a result, named co-coaches of the year.

Knox Central’s Brian Evans and Whitley County’s Jerry Overbey brought home the split honors after leading their respective teams to successful 2013-14 basketball seasons.

Evans’ squad was among the top-ranked teams in the 13th Region for most of the season before finishing with a 19-10 overall record. The Panthers excelled against region foes, dropping just one loss throughout the regular season (to Corbin), before being upset in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament by Williamsburg.

Knox Central scored 64 points per game, while allowing just 57 ppg on the defensive side of things.

The best news for the Panthers could be the fact they return the bulk of the talent from this year’s squad, which means they should come in at or near the top of the region when hoops season rolls back around.

Evans was pleased with the award, but he was quick to deflect credit to the people surrounding him rather than take the credit himself.

“It’s an honor to be recognized, but at the same time it’s a humbling award,” Evans said. “I think it’s really a credit to the people that surround our program more than it is to me.

“We have a great administration and we have a great group of assistant coaches that put in a lot of extra work,” he added. “It’s great to get the award for our program as a whole.”

Overbey led a young Colonels squad to a 17-13 record, while tallying a 10-6 mark against 13th Region foes. The Colonels won five of their last six games before dropping a heartbreaker to Corbin in the opening round of the 50th District Tournament on a last-second shot.

The Colonels scored 60 ppg as a team, while allowing 58 ppg on defense.

Much like Knox Central, Overbey’s squad will return virtually untouched next season, losing just one senior (Chad Foley) to graduation.

Overbey admitted he isn't one to put a lot of stock in awards, but was grateful of the praise from his coaching peers.

“It's always good to be recognized by other coaches because they see what you’re doing and they know the work that other coaches put in,” Overbey said. “We could have easily had a 20-win season if we had won a few more close games than we did, but that’s just the way things go sometimes.

“We have a really solid group to build on next season and I expect our guys to come in and work even harder next season,” he added.