Head Football Coach/ Assistant Athletic Director
Mike Evans enters his ninth season as the Canon-McMillan Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director, and has the 2nd most wins of any football coach in Canon Mac history. Since arriving at Canon Mac, Coach Evans’ teams have broken 30 school records. The Big Macs also returned to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. Coach Evans was honored to be selected as the offensive line coach for the West in the Big 33 Game in 2018 and is a member of PSFCA, serving as one of the District 7 Directors. He was voted the Skylights Coach of the Year in 2018 and the WPIAL 6A Coach of the Year in 2019.
Prior to arriving at Canon Mac, Coach Evans was the Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator at California University of PA. While at Cal, he was able to learn from some of the brightest offensive minds in the game in Walt Harris (former Head Coach - Pitt and Stanford) and Mike Jacobs Sr. (former Offensive Coordinator - WVU and Ohio State) who both had stints at Cal U as Offensive Coordinators. At Cal, Evans and the Vulcans made 3 trips to the National Semi-finals. He also converted Eric Kush from D Line to O Line, who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft and is currently playing for the Cleveland Browns. While Kush played center in Kansas City, Rishaw Johnson, another Evans product from Cal U, played guard in Kansas City. During his 12-year stay at Cal U, he mentored 10 All-Americans, 16 All-Region selections, 29 All-Conference selections, and dozens of NFL players.
Mike Evans got his start coaching college football at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Mich., where he was the offensive line coach/ strength and conditioning coordinator. He recruited and coached 4th round draft pick Todd Herremans, who played 10 seasons on the offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles. Evans' lines blocked for quarterback Matt LeFleur, who is the current Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers. He coached on that SVSU staff with Nick Caserio (General Manager - Houston Texans).
As a player, Coach Evans started his collegiate career at Akron, getting his first start as a sophomore against Western Michigan. He was named an All-American by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette and as a senior he played in the Snow Bowl, a Division II all-star game. Coach Evans earned a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998 before being invited to mini-camp by the New Orleans Saints the following year.
Mike and his wife of twenty two years, Jen, reside in North Strabane with their son, Mikey, who plays quarterback for the Big Macs.