Gwane (Pete) Evans
Gwane (Pete) Evans graduated from Catoosa High School in 1955. He attended Connors from 1955 to 1957 on a football scholarship. He states that those two years where the best ever. His coach, Tom Johnson, was a huge influence on his love for coaching and education. Pete started his teaching and coaching career at Chetopa, Kansas before he graduated at Northeastern State University. He taught in Kansas at various high schools with successful record in football, basketball and track.
In 1965, Pete returned to Connors as Assistant Football Coach and taught Physical Science and History. He began a nine-year term at Warner Public Schools in 1969 as Principal and coaching basketball and football where he also started a track team. He later taught and coached at Ketchum and Chouteau. Pete ended his career as Elementary Principal in Missouri for six years.
He was very successful in coaching various sports during his 36-year career in three states with winning records including District and Regional Championships. He was selected Regional Coach of the Year twice by the Oklahoma Coaches Association and served Regional Director one year. His philosophy was teaching students, not just subjects and sports, for which he has been, a positive influence. Pete’s whole family attended Connors including his mother, wife and four children.
Pete was inducted on April 28, 2012.