For the second consecutive day, Louisville interim basketball coach David Padgett has announced an addition to his coaching staff.
Padgett announced Friday that R.J. Evans, a former player at Holy Cross and Connecticut, will join the Cardinals as an acting assistant coach.
Evans was hired by Louisville in this offseason as a program assistant. However, when Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino was placed on administrative leave as a result of FBI findings that alleged the school arranged for a recruit to receive cash from apparel company adidas, Evans and the other program assistants were allowed to temporarily join Padgett on the court at practice until he hired more help.
Apparently, Evans impressed Padgett in that role.
“R.J. is a very talented young coach with a great future,” Padgett said in a statement released by Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein. “He’s another member of our staff that has competed at a very high level. R.J. has accumulated significant experience at his multiple stops, all of which will be a great benefit to our players. He has built a great rapport with our players and has earned their respect.”
Evans spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant under Shaka Smart at Texas. he played his first three seasons of college ball at Holy Cross then transferred to UConn for his senior year.
Former Cardinals assistant Kenny Johnson is still on administrative leave while his role in the scandal alleged by the FBI is being investigation. In the meantime, Evans can serve as an “acting” assistant in Johnson’s place, allowing him to be on the court for practices. In his previous role as a program assistant, Evans was only permitted to watch from the sidelines.
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