Albert Evans will reunite with his prep football coach and keep football in his blood.
The Portage High School and Purdue University football standout has joined Craig Buzea's staff at Homewood-Flossmoor as an assistant coach. Evans, a Gary resident, played in Buzea's system at Portage for three years before Buzea left to become Michigan City's head coach.
Evans played at Purdue and recently attended a Miami Dolphins free-agent camp.
"It's pretty cool," Evans said about coaching. "Buzz asked me what my back-up plan was, and he is giving me a chance to coach and I can also work out and stay in shape."
Evans hasn't given up on playing in the NFL. For now, he is taking advantage of a great opportunity.
"For me, it is a resume builder because I want to coach," Evans said. "I have a chance to coach and learn from Buzz, who I have a lot of respect for."
Buzea is happy to have a player of Evans' character on his staff.
"I couldn't think of a better role model for our kids to have than Albert," Buzea said. "He double majored (health and fitness, and business management), played Big Ten football and graduated in four years.
"My hope for Albert is that he is going to catch on and play in the (NFL) and I think he will."
Evans lends more region flavor the H-F staff as former Portage head coaches Bob "Bubba" Mattix and Jeromy Flowers are also on Buzea's staff. Also, former Portage star Steve Vaught, former West Side coach Alexander Pratt, as well as Tom Cicero, who was on Buzea's staff at Michigan City, are assistant coaches.