Thursday, April 30, 2009
Adams new Northwest coach
In order to get its men’s basketball program back on track, Northwest Mississippi Community College has tapped into the Memphis high school ranks and hired one of the city’s most successful coaches ever.
Jimmy Adams has been named head coach at Northwest after a 16-year run at Raleigh-Egypt High School.
Adams hopes to turn around a Ranger basketball program that has posted a combined record of 35-43 the last three seasons.
“I know the history of the program at Northwest and I think our first goal should be to get it back to Kansas for the National Tournament,” said Adams. “Of course, to get there you have to try to be the best in the state of Mississippi first. I want to have a program that people want to come and watch and get these kids into other colleges.”
The 63-year old Adams is the fourth-winningest boys basketball coach ever in Shelby County. He amassed 636 victories in 28 seasons at Raleigh-Egypt and Central High School.
Adams, who was selected Tennessee State Coach of the Year twice, led Raleigh-Egypt to a couple of state runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2009. He helped Central to back-to-back state championships in 1981 and 1982.
Adams coached at Central High from 1974 through 1986 and compiled a record of 239-120 before joining the staff as an assistant coach under head coach Ed Murphy at Ole Miss from 1986 through 1990. Adams left Ole Miss after the 1990 season to become an assistant under head coach Larry Finch at the University of Memphis where he served until 1992. At Memphis, Adams helped coach future NBA stars such as Elliot Perry, Penny Hardaway and David Vaughn.
Adams became head coach at Raleigh-Egypt in 1993 where he put together a record of 397-125. Under Adams, Raleigh-Egypt produced 16 Division I college players. The Pharoahs also claimed six city championships, seven district and region titles, and made five state tournament appearances.
Adams has 39 years of coaching under his belt. His career began at Snowden Junior High School in Memphis in 1968 where he won two city championships in five seasons.
A native of Union City, Tenn., Adams was a finalist for the Northwest men’s basketball coaching vacancy in 1993 before Marc Dukes was hired.
“Coach Adams has been a household name in this area for a long time,” said Northwest Athletic Director Donny Castle. “He’s an outstanding coach. His record speaks for itself.”
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