Former captain Evarts named new Saint Michael’s assistant coach

Former Saint Michael’s captain Dan Evarts has been hired as the program’s top assistant coach.

Evarts replaces Adam Berger, who recently accepted a position with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.

“I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity by Coach (Damian) DiGiulian and the Saint Michael’s College athletic department,” said Evarts in a statement. “I have a great deal of respect for Damian and the direction he is taking this hockey program and I look forward to learning and coaching alongside him this season. I also owe a special thanks to former assistant Adam Berger, who has been instrumental in making this transition as smooth as it has been and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

A team captain as a senior in 2012-13 after serving as an assistant captain in 2011-12, Evarts appeared in 87 games as a stay-at-home defenseman and tallied 23 points, with eight of his 10 goals coming on the power play. He was also a nominee for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2013.

“We could not be happier to have Dan Evarts join our staff,” added DiGiulian. “Dan is a person with great integrity and character and is exactly the type of person we want in this program. He has big shoes to fill, but we are confident that he will do a terrific job here and put his heart and soul into a program that he has been such a big part of for the past four years. Dan believes in the values and traditions of Saint Michael’s College and that is what will make him a great coach and mentor.”

Evarts has prior coaching experience with USA Hockey and Tim Thomas Hockey camps at various locations throughout New England and in his role as a head coach and counselor with the camps, Evarts planned and ran practices while managing employees.