TEXAS CITY

In an 8-0 vote, the Texas City Independent School District board of trustees on Wednesday officially named Texas City assistant head coach Shone Evans as the next head football coach and campus athletic coordinator for La Marque.

“When I step into something, I go whole-heartedly,” Evans said. “I worked at Texas City for 11 wonderful years, but I’m 100 percent a Cougar now. I want to make our school successful, and I know I have huge shoes to fill. There’s a lot of work to do.”

In those 11 years at Texas City, Evans also served as special teams coordinator, defensive coordinator, offseason coordinator, academic coordinator and Special Olympics coach. He was both the Texas City High School teacher of the year and the Texas City ISD secondary teacher of the year in 2016, and was the Texas City ISD coach of the year in 2012.

“He’s been more than just a coach; he’s a personal friend, and it’s hard to find people as loyal as him,” Texas City head football coach Leland Surovik said. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes him, he’s going to get it done right. It’s bittersweet because I hate to lose him, but I know he’s going to do great things over there.”

The La Marque head coaching job brings things full circle in Evans’ high school coaching career.

Evans started his career at his alma mater Pearland, where he was an assistant on the staff of then-Oilers head coach Tony Heath — one of the most successful coaches to come out of the extensive coaching tree of legendary former La Marque head coach Alan Weddell. Evans also had a stint in Pasadena ISD before coming to Texas City.

“I’m running the same program that I cut my teeth on,” Evans said. “I learned how to coach under a man who learned how to coach at La Marque High School.”

Evans said his goal in his new job at La Marque will be to work hard in stressing education and instilling discipline with his student-athletes.

“If you hold them to a high level and force them to reach it, they’re going to get there, and they’re going to be successful — they’re hungry for success,” Evans said. “They’ve had success, and it’s just my job to continue to take it to the next level.”

Evans also said he plans to cultivate a strong relationship with the Cougars community by being a highly visible presence in La Marque.

“When we have parent meetings, we want a lot of people to come, so, as a head coach, it’s up to me to go get those parents where they are,” Evans said. “I’m going to go to churches, I’m going to be in the barber shops. That’s what I have to do.”

In addition to his high school coaching experience, Evans received the Bill Walsh Minority Internship with the Indianapolis Colts, where he worked as a defensive assistant (linebackers) and special teams assistant. He also served as a special assistant to former NFL coaches Bobby Ross and Dick Vermeil in two college football East-West Shrine Games.

Evans has a bachelor of arts from Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey, and also played defensive back at McNeese State University in Louisiana. He and his wife Sarah have two children: Patrick, 9, and Zachary, 2.

Texas City football will also have replace another high-ranking assistant coach, as defensive coordinator Ryan McIver was named the head football coach at Weimar on Monday.

“It makes me feel good that my tree is branching and people off my staff are getting these opportunities,” Surovik said.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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