Warren Woods Tower boys basketball coach Nick Evola calls out instructions during a Feb. 25 playoff game. Evola has stepped down as the Titans coach after eight seasons.

Warren Woods Tower boys basketball coach Nick Evola calls out instructions during a Feb. 25 playoff game. Evola has stepped down as the Titans coach after eight seasons.

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Titans alum, boys basketball coach leaves program

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published April 26, 2019

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WARREN — Nick Evola’s time as a member of the Warren Woods Tower family has come full circle.

Evola was a member of the Titans’ first-ever division championship basketball team in 1999. As the Warren Woods Tower coach, Evola led the Titans boys hoops program to a division title in 2018 — its first since 2010.

The division title seemingly put a bow on Evola’s career at Tower, as he stepped down as the Titans boys basketball coach in April.

Travel is a big reason for the move, Evola said. He recently took a position as a teacher at Rochester High after 11 years as an educator in the Warren Woods district. Evola lives in Rochester Hills with his wife and two children.

“Tower is my home. I wish I could be here forever,” said Evola, who guided the Titans to an appearance in a 2019 district final. “The drive to and from practice each day became challenging, especially with two young kids at home.”

Evola recognized how big a part of his life Tower has been. He said the school and program have helped turn him into the man he is today.

Evola, who took over the reins in 2011, said he’s fortunate to have been able to give back to the Warren Woods community and his players.

“I hope these guys are able to one day share their experiences and make a positive impact on someone else’s life one day,” said Evola, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

“I hope all my former players remember that being part of Titan basketball was more than just basketball. It was about being part of a family — a brotherhood. The lessons they learned and the relationships they built have helped shape them into the men they are today.”

Evola’s staff comprised Tower alums like himself. He said he’s hopeful that another former Titan is next to grab the whistle.

Evola said watching his players grow and being a part of their development is the most memorable part of his eight-year tenure at Tower.

“We always talk about giving your best effort and having a great attitude, because those are the things you can always control,” Evola said. “Our guys work extremely hard and always compete, and that (has been) a big part of our culture and a key to our success.”

Evola hasn’t ruled out returning to the sideline at some point in the future.

“I’d love to continue to coach,” he said. “Hopefully closer to home so I can have more balance with family time and basketball.”

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