Coach Kim Evans receives the Women of Distinction Staff Leadership Award from Dr. Joel Pittard at the Women's Leadership Conference Friday afternoon. (Zach Bland photo)
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn women's golf coach Kim Evans was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Women of Distinction Staff Leadership Award on Friday by the Auburn University Women's Resource Center.
Evans received the award at a luncheon at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center as part of the Women's Leadership Conference.
"I am very honored and humbled," Evans said. "All the award winners are so amazing, and I feel honored to be mentioned with them. I want to thank the committee for selecting me, and I want to thank Jay Jacobs for nominating me. I'm so proud of this award because it's from Auburn University, and Auburn means everything to me."
The Women of Distinction Award honors outstanding female leaders in the Auburn community. Being selected for the award is a tribute to Evans' many accomplishments, to her leadership and to the ways she has served as a role model for her colleagues and students.
"Kim has been a tremendous ambassador for Auburn Athletics and Auburn University during her 20-plus year career as a coach and student-athlete and is very deserving to be recognized as one of the great women's leaders on our campus," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "Kim's impact has not only been felt as a successful coach winning championships and leading young women, but she has also worked tirelessly to help others in the community and on campus with her countless philanthropic endeavors."
Evans, in her 21st season as the head women's golf coach for the Tigers, has been the most successful women's coach in the history of Auburn Athletics. In her career, she has led the Tigers to eight Southeastern Conference titles, 14 NCAA Championship appearances (including seven top-10 finishes), and has been named SEC Coach of the Year five times. She has coached seven SEC Golfers of the Year, 13 All-Americans (29 total honors) and 19 All-SEC selections. Evans was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008 and was the National Golf Coaches' Association Coach of the Year in 2001-02.
Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2013, just before the Tigers were set to begin postseason play. She went through chemotherapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has been cancer-free since September 2013. During her treatment and recovery, she continued to work mentoring her student-athletes. She continues today to fight the battle against canter as a Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation member, helping raise money and awareness for the disease.
She has been involved in numerous community service efforts in her years at Auburn. She has worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County, Habitat for Humanity, the End Child Hunger in Alabama initiative (along with the Jason Dufner Foundation) and has been a volunteer at the local food bank. For the last 10 years, she has been a key contributor to the Gary Moore Christmas Day Meal program, serving more than 500 meals to less fortunate local residents each Christmas. Evans has also been the coordinator of the annual Will Golf Fore Food tournament which benefits more than 400 people through Meals on Wheels and others in need. Most recently, Evans joined the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship Steering Committee, helping bring a PGA Tour event and the related economic impact to the Auburn/Opelika area in 2015.