P-H's Harper Honored For Epic Coaching Career
Updated: Oct 24, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
The impact of Evan Harper's presence at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School is now written in stone along with impact that Evan and his wife Connie have had on the community of Parishville.
A group of his former players worked "behind the scenes" to have a stone and dedication plaque erected under the scoreboard at the PHCS soccer field to honor his 53 years of coaching and influencing the lives of countless students. The stone was dedicated in a ceremony on Saturday.
The inscription on the plaque reads "A good coach can change a game." A GREAT COACH CAN CHANGE A LIFE."
Harper has spent the great majority of his coaching career at PHCS guiding both boys and girls teams and serving as Director of Athletics. He made his mark statewide guiding PHCS Girls Softball and Girls Soccer teams to the New York State Final 4s.
Last season he led the Lady Panthers Girls Soccer team to the Final 4.
"Having worked with Evan for many years at PH, there certainly isn't an individual more deserving of this recognition," said Madrid-Wadddington Central School Director of Athletics and Girls Basketball Coach Bryan Harmer who taught and coached at PHCS before coming to MWCS..
"He was a great mentor and continues to be a true gentleman. His tremendous success as a coach is only exceeded by the impact he and Connie have had on PH athletics and the Parishville community."
Harper's impact was also felt in a teaching and coaching stint Edwards Central School before he joined the staff at PHCS.
"Evan Harper was my coach in soccer, basketball and baseball and he was a big influence for me. His influence made me want to become a teacher and a coach and do things like he did," said Rick Bearor.
Bearor went to teach for 34 years at Harrisville Central School where he coached soccer, basketball and baseball and served as the school's Director of Athletics. Bearor is a member of the New York State Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame and returned to coaching soccer after his retirement.
In his second stint as the Pirates' coach he recently reached the 400-win milestone and is now closing in the Section 10 record of 406 varsity boys soccer victories compiled by the late Roger Dusharm at Canton Central.