Evans steps down at Auburn after 21 years

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After 21 years as the head coach of the women’s golf team at Auburn University, Kim Evans stepped down Friday to accept a new position within the university.

Evans, 56, guided the program to eight SEC titles and seven top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. The Tiger reached their peak in 2002, when her squad achieved the program's first No. 1 ranking at the end of the regular season and tied for second at NCAAs. She was named SEC Coach of the Year five times, most recently in 2012, and was named the National Coach of the Year in 2002.

In May 2013, Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just before her team began postseason play. She underwent chemotherapy and has been cancer-free since October 2013.

“To all my past and present players – it has been an honor to coach you and share great memories with you and your families,” Evans said in a statement from the university. “I’m excited about my future with Auburn University and continuing to cheer for the Auburn Tigers every day.”

Evans was a four-year letter winner at Auburn and graduated in 1981. Eight of the players she coached went on to play professionally on the LPGA Tour.