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Texas A&M softball coach Jo Evans will not return for 27th season

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Jo Evans will not return for a 27th season as head coach of Texas A&M softball, the school announced Monday. The announcement came a day after the Aggies were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Oklahoma.

In a release, the school said it was opting not to renew her contract.

“Coach Evans has been a tremendous ambassador to our university and softball program for the last 26 years, but we have decided that our softball program needs to go in a new direction,” Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said. “We are deeply appreciative of her efforts while building on our softball program’s winning tradition with three Women’s College World Series appearances. Jo is a first-class person, and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

She spent 26 seasons at the helm of the program in College Station, leading the Aggies to a 987-503-2 record. During her time, the team made 22 postseason appearances and three trips to the Women’s College World Series. The last appearance came in 2017.

But Texas A&M is moving on, with Bjork alluding to the fact that Evans hadn’t been living up to the high expectations she helped create for the program.

“The expectation for our softball program is competing for championships every year in Oklahoma City while hosting Regionals and Super Regionals in the best softball stadium in the country at Davis Diamond,” Bjork said. “I have no doubt we will be able to move forward and bring in a championship-level head coach.”

Texas A&M last advanced beyond the first round of the tournament in 2018. This year, the team ended the season with a 31-28 record.

Evans was a three-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2004, 2005, 2008) before the school moved to the SEC after the 2012 season. She notched her 1,300th career win over the weekend, having also coached at Colorado State and Utah. She is just the ninth coach in Division I softball history to reach the mark.

“Being the leader of this program for the past 26 years has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Evans said. “I have put my heart into this team and in return, I leave with amazing relationships, memories, and experiences that have shaped me for most of my life. I am deeply grateful for my time here at Texas A&M and for the people I have had the privilege to work with and coach. I wish this program all the best as it transitions into the next chapter.”