Damon Evans was named the Director of Athletics for the University of Maryland on June 25, 2018. He oversees a department with 20 varsity sports and 500 student-athletes, a full-time staff of over 200, and an annual budget of $95 million.
Prior to joining Maryland Athletics, Evans was a managing partner at Evolution Sports Partners in New Jersey. The new business focused on technology, analytics, and consulting services for athletic organizations.
Evans was also the vice president of fundraising at IMG College in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was tasked with developing the company’s fundraising arm, which provided resources to institutions that would allow for the execution of a fundraising strategy. Evans was also the vice president of business development at the Markley Group in Boston from August 2010 – March 2013.
As the director of athletics at the University of Georgia from 2004-10, Evans managed a program with 600 student-athletes, an $85 million budget and a staff of 250. The Bulldogs won 13 national championships and 19 SEC titles during Evans’ tenure. Under Evans’ guidance, Georgia annually finished in the top 10 in the Learfield Director’s Cup and also amassed $65 million for the athletic department’s reserve fund, an increase of over $56 million in just a six-year period.
In 2009, Evans was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the Division I Southeast Region. He earned the Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The May 5, 2003 edition of Sports Illustrated rated Evans as one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.” In Evans’ second year as director of athletics, Georgia was recognized as the “Nation’s Most Profitable Intercollegiate Athletics Program,” according to an EADA report.
Evans maintained multiple leadership positions outside of his work in Athens, serving as the first-ever chair of the NCAA Leadership Council from 2008-10. Evans was also the Capital Campaign Chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Athens from 2005-09.
A four-year starter on Georgia’s football team, Evans played in three bowl games under legendary head coach Vince Dooley. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1992 and a master’s degree of education in sports management in 1994, both from Georgia.
Evans and his wife Kerri have two children, Cameron and Kennedy.