Rashad Evans enters his second year on the Michigan State wrestling staff in 2006 as a volunteer assistant coach.
"We are excited about Rashad joining our team for the season," head coach Tom Minkel said. "He is a marvelous athlete and we look forward to him bringing the same as an integral part of our coaching staff."
Evans wrestled in East Lansing from 2000-03 after spending a year at Niagara Junior College. He was a two-time NCAA qualifier for the Green and White, taking fourh at the 2002 Big Ten Championships and third at the Big Ten tournament in 2003. Evans finished his career at State with a 48-34 record.
The Niagara Falls, N.Y., native is best known throughout the collegiate wrestling world for eliminating three-time national champion Greg Jones of West Virginia from the NCAA Championships in 2003.
In the fall of 2005, Evans won the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Figher 2 competition, earning him a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championships.