Evans Davis completed his fourth season as the head coach of Armstrong State University men's basketball team for the 2016-17 season.
The Pirates went 11-17 overall and 6-13 in the Peach Belt Conference during the 2016-17 season, knocking off PBC co-champions Augusta and UNC Pembroke during the year. Freshman Corey Tillery was named the league's Freshman of the Year, the first such honoree in Armstrong State men's basketball history, as well as earning All-Conference honors.
Armstrong State went 12-15 overall and 10-9 in the Peach Belt Conference in 2015-16, advancing to the PBC Tournament for the first time since 2012-13. The Pirates led the league in assists per game (16.2) andassist-turnover ratio (+1.32) while ranking second in the league in three-point field goal shooting as one of the conference's most dangerous offensive teams.
The Pirates went 6-19 overall and 4-15 in the Peach Belt Conference in 2014-15 in Davis' second season at the helm of Armstrong State men's basketball, playing a rigorous schedule that saw Armstrong State face nine teams that advanced to the 2014-15 NCAA DII Basketball Championships.
The Armstrong men's basketball team went 8-18 under Davis' interim season in 2013-14, finishing fifth in the PBC East Division with a 5-14 league record. Davis was elevated to the head coaching position in May of 2014.
Davis served as the assistant coach at Armstrong under Jeremy Luther for four seasons from 2009-13. He began his collegiate coaching career at Mercer as a graduate assistant for the women's program, then went to Truett McConnell as both an assistant and as the head men's basketball coach before moving to North Florida in 2006, where he was an assistant coach for three years before joining the Pirates.
A former standout at Mercer University, Davis played collegiately at Truett McConnell in Cleveland, Ga., for two seasons before finishing up his playing career for the Bears, averaging 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in his Mercer career.
Zach Corliss accepted an assistant men's basketball position at Lenoir-Rhyne University on July 3, 2017.
Zach Corliss recently completed his second season as a full-time assistant coach for the Armstrong State men's basketball team in 2016-17.
Corliss has spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant for head coach Evans Davis. A former player for the Pirates in 2008-11, Corliss graduated with his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2012 and received his master's degree in adult education from Armstrong State in 2015. He was a member of the Pirates' NCAA squad as a freshman in 2008-09.
A native of Fletcher, N.C., Corliss was a two-time All-Conference and All-Area performer at West Henderson HS while also earning All-Conference honors in football.
Jalen Butler recently completed his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Armstrong State University men's basketball program in 2016-17.
In his two seasons with the Pirates, he has coached All-PBC players Shaquiell Mitchell (3rd team, 2015-16) and Corey Tillery (PBC Freshman of the Year, 2nd Team All-PBC, PBC Player of the Week 2016-17) while helping Armstrong State reach the PBC Tournament in 2015-16.
Butler played collegiately for three seasons at LaGrange College, three times earning USA South Academic All-Conference honors while twice helping the team win the USA South Tournament, earning trips to the NCAA Championships in 2014 and 2015. He was named to the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team in 2015, while also earning the Al Mariotti Leadership Award in 2015 and the Glen Simpson Academic Award in 2013.
He played his freshman year at Reinhardt College and during his high school career at Curtis Baptist in Augusta, earned 3-time All-Region honors as well as GISA All-Star and All-State honors as a senior.
He graduated from LaGrange College in 2015 with a double major in political science and exercise science and graduates this May with his master's degree in communication and leadership from Armstrong State.
Coach Butler has extensive camp experience as well, working camps at Florida State, College of Charleston, Armstrong State, Lagrange College, Point Guard College, Nike Elite Hoops and HoopSeen.