Trabuco Hills captain and midfielder Holden Evans has committed to play Division l lacrosse at the University of Utah beginning in the fall of 2019. The junior recently switched from attack to middie and has enjoyed being one of Trabuco’s vocal leaders this season, as he gives credit to his coaches and teammates for his stellar accomplishment.
“I have to thank coach Eric Bassett and my high school team,” Evans said via email. “[Bassett] has pushed me to find my voice and lead the team while changing my game up.”
Evans is not the only one in his family with an impressive lacrosse pedigree. His older brother Harrison currently plays at Colorado Mesa and his younger sister Hennessey recently committed to Fresno State. The three siblings spend a lot of time together as the Evans family enjoys camping, hiking and fishing together.
And while the Evans family clearly has some athletic DNA in the genes, Evans does not rely solely on his physical abilities. He is a tireless worker outside the lines, and nobody know that better than Coach Bassett.
“Congratulations to Holden and his family on his commitment to Utah. I can easily say there is no other player in our program that has worked harder than Holden both on and off the field. He was a starter as a freshman and has been delivering ever since. He deserves everything Utah has to offer and will make an exceptional D1 player. I look forward to his remaining time at Trabuco Hills as he continues to set the standard our program strives for. His is truly a pleasure to coach.”
Evans’ dedication to lacrosse traces back to sixth grade, where he began working out and improving his game at Athletes’ Choice gym with Nicholas Tintle. Evans has played on the RC club team in San Diego since he was in seventh grade where he was heavily influenced and coached by Jono Zissi.
“[Zissi] pushed me to play bigger than I am and that opened doors for me,” Evans said.
His decision to playDivision l lacrosse was mainly influenced by the people closest to him, and he could not be more thankful for their support.
“The biggest influences in this decision were my parents, siblings, my grandma, and my coaches,” Evans said. “They believed in me through the whole process. Being surrounded by a supportive family, great players and coaches for sure influenced me to want to go to D1.”
Evans has not fully decided on a major, but he is interested in potentially studying education or criminology. He fell in love with Utah’s campus and school pride, which were some of his major deciding factors into playing for the Utes.
“That campus is unreal, the school spirit is over the top, and coach [Brian] Holman has a vision I believe in,” Evans said.