Known as the "quiet man" he started out as a strapping 5-7, 130-pound sophomore fullback at Struthers High in 1929. The "Mighty Mite" then went to Wooster College where he starred in football, track, basketball and swimming. Evans was the miniature blocking back for the Scots, lettering three consecutive years. In 1935, he took his first coaching job at Cadiz High and then moved to Massillon High. He came to Akron in 1948 and possibly exerted more influence on UA students than any other man. He served as an assistant coach under four football coaches (1948-66). However, it was while serving as track mentor for 18 years until 1969 that he gained the most success. His teams captured five Ohio Conference titles, two NCAA Regional titles, had two undefeated seasons and put together a string of 27 straight victories. Under Tommy the Akron U track teams won 108 meets and lost 38 for an excellent percentage of .740.