Evan Wells joined the Big Green coaching staff prior to the fall of 2012 after stints at the University of Washington and, most recently, Creighton University. He works primarily with the infielders and helps out with the hitters while serving as the first-base coach.
In his first season in Hanover, Dartmouth set a school record with 32 victories and posted a fielding percentage of .979, the 12th-best mark in the country. Two of the four starting infielders, Matt Parisi and Nick Lombardi, earned first-team All-Ivy honors as well.
The superb glove work continued in 2014 with an even better .979 fielding percentage to rank ninth in the country. First baseman Dustin Selzer was named to the All-Ivy First Team while Lombardi and Parisi — the latter of which moved from second to shortstop — garnered second-team honors.
Dartmouth led the Ivy League in fielding for a fourth-straight year in 2015 — including a stellar .987 mark in conference play — as Parisi earned a spot on the All-Ivy First Team and Lombardi the second team. The Big Green also won their eighth-consecutive Rolfe Division title to advance to the Ivy League Championship Series at Columbia.
In 2016, not a single infielder committed more than seven errors all season as the Big Green posted a .972 fielding percentage to rank second in the league. Senior co-captain Thomas Roulis anchored the defense with just three errors and a .977 percentage at shortstop as he garnered first-team all-conference honors. His double play partner, Dustin Shirley, as well as first baseman Michael Ketchmark nabbed honorable mention distinction as well.
Wells spent just a short time with Creighton before taking the position at Dartmouth, but had a full season with the Huskies in 2011-12 under head coach Lindsay Meggs as a student manager. Among his duties at Washington were assisting with the planning of all camps, fulfilling administrative duties in the recruiting process, throwing batting practice when needed and helping in drills with the positional players.
For two years, Wells served as an assistant coach with Division III Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Acting as the infield and hitting coach, Wells manned the first-base coach’s box during the 2010 season before moving over to coach third base in 2011. He assisted with all aspects of recruiting and was the coordinator for the Pirates’ winter camp.
Wells graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University in 2009 with a degree in journalism. The Bulldogs’ starting second baseman and lead-off hitter for three seasons (2007-09), Wells finished his Bulldog career with a .310 batting average and an on-base percentage of .439 in nearly 800 plate appearances. As a senior he helped Gonzaga reach the NCAA Regionals, where the Bulldogs won their first game before being eliminated.
In addition, Wells has worked at EnFuego Sports as the 18U head coach in 2011 and the 16U Futures team this past year. In the summer of 2010, he was an assistant coach for a Kennewick Senior Legion team that went 43-18 and finished among the top four in the state tournament.