He replaces Richard Pitino, who left to accept the head coaching job at the University of Minnesota.
Evans compiled a 99-94 record over six seasons at Norfolk State, leading the Spartans last season to a 21-12 record and a 16-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season mark.
Norfolk State missed an NCAA Tournament berth after falling to Bethune-Cookman in the MEAC Tournament semifinals.
Evans did, however, guide the Spartans to a second-round upset of second-seeded Missouri in the 2012 NCAA event.
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