Eisenhower lands new coach, trio of talented sons

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Johnell Evans and his family will be moving to Decatur in the coming weeks as they prepare to join the football and girl basketball programs at Eisenhower. (photo: Johnell Evans on Facebook) Johnell Evans and his family will be moving to Decatur in the coming weeks as they prepare to join the football and girl basketball programs at Eisenhower. (photo: Johnell Evans on Facebook)

DECATUR -- Eisenhower's Renaissance seasons of 7-4 ball in 2015-16 and 2016-17 were followed by the harsh reality of high school football in a public school district: the numbers fluctuated.

The team went 1-8 in 2017-18 and then lost most of its contributors due to graduation. Even with an enthusiastic new coach in Curtis Graham, the Panthers were expected to struggle in the short term while the program's numbers could be built back up.

Enter Johnell Evans and Co.

Graham's longtime friend going back to East St. Louis was hired as head girls basketball coach at Eisenhower, which means he will be moving his family from Indiana. The Panthers gain an experienced basketball coach and with him his three sons, each of which are highly talented football players.

Tor'Jon Evans rushed for an eye-popping 2,600 yards last season at Evansville Central High, while Tre'Jon Evans was named all-conference as a defensive back. Both are just sophomores about to enter their junior seasons. Even freshman Tory Evans saw the field last season for 11-2 Evansville Central.

Eisenhower head football coach Curtis Graham tells WAND that the Evans family will be getting into the swing of offseason workouts over the next couple of weeks. Johnell Evans will help coach defense for the football program in addition to serving as head varsity girls basketball coach.

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