Danny Evans, an associate head coach for Gonzaga University’s baseball team, died Saturday after a year-long battle with cancer. Evans was 41 years old and was surrounded by his family.
“Danny had a tremendous impact on Gonzaga that reached far beyond the baseball field,” GU baseball head coach Mark Machtolf said in a news release. “He had a positive influence on hundreds of student-athletes.”
Evans was diagnosed with stage-four Melanoma cancer in August. Since then, “rally for Danny” became a motto for the Bulldogs baseball program as they headed into the 2022 season.
Evans served numerous roles in his 19 years on the baseball staff, including third base and infield coach, as well as the team’s primary recruiting coordinator. In his tenure, the Zags posted one top-35 recruiting class in 2014 and have seen 41 players selected in the MLB draft, 13 of which came in the first 10 rounds. Evans also helped the program reach new heights throughout his career; nine 30-win seasons, five West Coast Conference championships and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to coaching, Evans was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the baseball team. Between playing third base and shortstop, he appeared in 162 games as a Zag and earned All-WCC second team honors as a senior in 2003.
“Danny authentically lived his life exhibiting care and compassion for others and an unwavering commitment to ensure our baseball student-athletes achieved their fullest potential as athletes, students, and men,” GU Director of Athletics Chris Standiford said. “He has set for us all a great example of what it means to be a true Zag.”