Dena Evans, known to thousands of PGC Basketball graduates simply as “Coach D,” has served as the Owner and Director of PGC since 2002, when she took over the reins of the organization (then called “Point Guard College”) from her long-time friend and mentor, Dick DeVenzio, who led the development of PGC from the early 1990’s until his untimely death in 2001. Dena is committed to carrying on Dick’s legacy of leadership and excellence, and her unique teaching style has won her praise and appreciation from virtually every player or coach that has ever attended one of her PGC coaching sessions.
Although she is only 5’4″ tall, Dena Evans was named “Miss High School Basketball” in Texas as a high school senior and then became a star at the University of Virginia, where she led her teams to three NCAA Final Four appearances and a 118-17 record during her four-year career.
As a senior at UVA, Dena was named the Best Point Guard in the nation and received the Frances P. Naismith award as the country’s top collegiate player under 5’7′. In 2002, Dena was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s (ACC) 50th Anniversary All-Time Women’s Basketball Team.
Dena’s pursuit of excellence was never confined to the basketball court. A Rhodes Scholar Finalist and Magna Cum Laude graduate with a degree in economics, she was selected as one of the top ten student-athletes in the nation as a senior and earned First Team Academic All-American honors for three consecutive years.
What They’re Saying About Dena Evans
“Don’t be under the impression that it takes a male coach to teach the fundamentals of basketball. As an outstanding collegiate point guard and an experienced teacher of point guard play, Dena Evans’ PGC will greatly improve the play of any aspiring player—male or female. Her work habits and engaging personality are certain to inspire all campers.”
— John Wooden, named Basketball Coach of the Century (by ESPN and Sports Illustrated) and winner of 10 NCAA championships at UCLA
“Dena Evans was the classic point guard. The first time I saw her play, I was amazed at how intelligent she was with and without the ball. Having the skills is one thing, and Dena had them all. But knowing how to use those skills is the key, and that’s what separated Dena from all the rest.”
— Geno Auriemma, Head Coach, University of Connecticut Women’s basketball team, 2009 and 2010 undefeated NCAA Champions, and the Head Coach of the USA’s Women’s Olympic Team
“Dena Evans was outstanding as a point guard at the University of Virginia. Her passion, attention to detail, and love for teaching has made Point Guard College a special place. I would recommend PGC for any player who wants to be the ultimate point guard.”
— Doug Collins, Head Coach, Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
“Dena Evans is a student of the game, and she continues to study her craft. An excellent teacher.”
— Dawn Staley, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of South Carolina; three-time Gold Medalist (USA Olympic Team), WNBA All-Star, and USA Basketball’s Female Athlete of the Year (2004)
“I’ve known Dena Evans for 18 years. She was a tremendous player in a big-time program and is a passionate teacher of the game. I would highly recommend PGC to any male or female player who wants to take their game to the next level.’”
— Rick Carlisle, Head Coach, Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
“I have coached young men at the high school level for 35 years and have seldom felt so inspired. I found myself writing down virtually everything that Dena Evans said. The great player is truly a great teacher!”
— Tom Desotell, Head Coach, Sheboygan (Wisconsin) North HS and former John Wooden Basketball School Director