Rochester Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey announced today that Dylan Evans has been named an assistant coach on the staff of head coach Mike Hasen.
“Dylan will be a great addition to our staff and our group is excited to work with him,” said Carey. “He will compliment Mike, Pat and Kyle very well.”
Evans transitions into coaching after serving as the eastern scout for the Colorado Mammoth last season. He began and ended his 10-year professional playing career with the Knighthawks, playing all but 21 of his 141 career NLL games in Rochester.
Evans spent the first eight years of his pro career with the previous Knighthawks franchise, recording 38 points (10+28) in 108 games while leading Rochester to an unprecedented three straight NLL championships from 2012 to 2014.
After departing the organization for brief stints with New England and Philadelphia, Evans returned to Rochester ahead of the expansion-era Knighthawks’ inaugural campaign in 2019-20. He appeared in all 12 games that year, recording five points (1+4) and 63 loose ball recoveries before the remainder of the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His 26 face-off wins remain fifth-most in team history.
In 141 career games with Rochester, Philadelphia and New England, Evans totaled 56 points (13+43) and 687 loose balls in addition to 145 penalty minutes.
The Brampton, Ontario, native has also notched seven points (1+6) in 17 postseason contests, including 16 for the original Knighthawks. He was the franchise’s all-time face-off wins leader (949) and was the only player to reach 900 career face-off wins.
Evans, who also serves as an assistant coach for the Brampton Excelsiors of the Ontario Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League, played collegiate lacrosse at Dowling College, helping the Golden Lions to the Division II National Championship Game in 2006.