POCATELLO, Idaho -- Montana assistant Bill Evans has been named the head coach of the Idaho State men's basketball team.

ISU athletics director Jeff Tingey announced Evans' hiring Thursday.

Evans said he was honored and grateful for the opportunity to coach the Bengals.

He has been a coach for 33 years, including winning 209 games in 15 seasons at Southern Utah. He has been an assistant at Montana for four seasons, where he has been in charge of the Griz defense, which has led the Big Sky Conference in scoring defense all four years.

Tingey says Evans is a veteran coach with a background of graduating players and success on the court.

ISU coach Joe O'Brien resigned in December after a 2-8 start and Deane Martin served as interim coach for the rest of the 2011-12 season.