Ed Evans, Northwestern State's head athletic trainer since 1989, is retiring and will be honored at a reception in Natchitoches at Prather Coliseum on Thursday, July 26.
Evans arrived at Northwestern as a graduate assistant trainer under head trainer Eugene Christmas from 1979-82. He spent the next seven years as athletic trainer at Natchitoches Central High School. He returned to Northwestern as Christmas' successor in 1989.
Evans was a leader in the state's chapter of the National Athletic Trainers Association, serving six years as president of the LATA and six more years as secretary-treasurer. In 2004, Evans was named the regional "College Athletic Trainer of the Year" by the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association.