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‘Timing is right’ for Evans to return to fill coaching position with Riverhounds Developmental Academy

Justin Evans (pictured right) with Kevin Kerr at Riverhounds Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in June (photo credit: John Krysinsky)

Talk about coming full circle — Justin Evans is officially back with the Riverhounds organization.

On Monday, Riverhounds Development Academy announced the hiring of the Riverhounds SC Hall of Famer to its coaching staff for the 2019-20 campaign.

Evans, a founding member of the Riverhounds Academy in 2007, will coach the 2005 RDA Boys team and will start his duties immediately.

“We are delighted to welcome Justin back to the club,” Scott Gibson, Academy Director, said. “Justin was part of the group that helped launch the Riverhounds Academy and is back where he belongs. In addition to leading the U-15 (2005) RDA Boys, he will be integral in areas of growth and new program initiatives. This is an excellent hire for the Academy, and we can’t wait to have him back on the staff.”

Evans has a decorated tenure with the Riverhounds SC organization. In 1999, the Hounds selected him as their first-ever player in an expansion draft. The midfielder went on to record 101 appearances and 50 points in his career with the club.

After his playing career, Evans moved into the professional coaching ranks. From 2010-14, he coached Riverhounds SC. His 112 all-competition matches at the helm rank the most in club history.

“The timing is right, and I am super excited to be back with the Riverhounds organization,” Evans said. “I am really looking forward to working with everyone involved in the organization, the coaching staff and the young players to help continue to grow the highly successful Riverhounds Academy.”

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John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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