Georgetown News
Women's Basketball - Fri, Jul. 8, 2011

Carter Adams got an early start on his path to being a women's basketball coach. He was unofficially a girls' basketball assistant as an eight-year-old for his dad Tommy Adams at Hart County High School. Now at age 27, he is the first assistant under new Georgetown College head coach Andrea McCloskey.

"Coaching has always been a passion of mine," Adams said. "I feel I'm a blessed man getting to do what I love."

His vast connections, coaching experience and knowledge of Kentucky high school basketball made him a very attractive candidate as McCloskey weeded through the numerous candidates for her first hire.

"I had a lot of great applicants and candidates. I really wanted to take my time hiring my first assistant," McCloskey said. "It needed to be the right fit for our program. After meeting with several, I felt Carter was that person. His time in the Kentucky system and the networks he has formed can only benefit us."

After starting at eight, Adams remained on the bench helping his dad, when it did not interfere with the boys' basketball schedule as a player for the Raiders, until he graduated from high school in 2003. At which time, he went on to Western Kentucky University and spent the next four years helping Greenwood High School's girls' basketball team.

"It was pretty neat," Adams said of the opportunity to helped GHS. "One of dad's former assistants was the head coach for Greenwood at that time. It was pretty cool to have that opportunity to work with someone who had worked with my dad."

Upon finishing his undergraduate work at Western, Adams was hired on at Bath County High School as a teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach in 2008.

"I thought God might be calling me to help boys at that point in my career. I did that for a year, but realized it wasn't what I wanted to do. It was like coaching me in high school," Adams said with a laugh and a huge smile. "I was a good kid, but it just wasn't fun coaching a bunch of guys."

He returned to the girls' sidelines the following year as a teacher and assistant at Central Hardin. In 2010, the door was opened to be a head coach.

Adams went to Clinton County to teach and direct the Lady Bulldogs.

"We had a lot of young talent, but that is how it goes in a public school situation," Adams said. "You have to bide your time and work through the youthful growths. Clinton County has a reputation as a good program, but as most public school programs you must go through the rebuilding phases as well."

Now at a college that is something Adams wants to ensure does not happen. One of his many tasks will be to recruit.

"I'm out there to get the best," Adams said. "I don't ever want myself, coach McCloskey or coach (Heidi) Messer to look at each other and have to say we will make do with what we got. It's my job to go out and get the best every year so that we have players coming in immediately ready to make an impact.

"I don't think it is a very hard sell at all. Georgetown College has a home feel to it. Parents can feel comfortable sending their children here. Students won't get lost in the shuffle and everyone from professors to staff care about each person on campus."

He also feels the location is perfect - 15 minute drive to downtown Lexington or an hour drive north to Cincinnati.

However, he knows the Mid-South Conference is also one of the top-caliber conferences for women's basketball in the NAIA. Even several Hart County products have found their way to a MSC teams.

"I wouldn't say I have an expert knowledge of the conference," Adams said. "I know my knowledge will expand, but I am also not coming in blindsided. We've had players go play for Cumberlands, Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson. I know the coaches at Lindsey. I even know several of the players on the various conference teams. What can I say, I'm a sports enthusiast and even more so a women's basketball fanatic."

Another part of his learning curve will be all the rules and regulations that go along with recruiting. He's finding his way through that process quickly, though, coming in during one of the busiest times to scout future Tiger prospects.

"It's a, learn on the job, situation. Of course I know some of the basics, but I'm picking things up in a hurry as we head out to AAU basketball games," Adams said.

Obviously, all of the learning and adjustments to this job are elements Adams is happy to do because getting out watching basketball games, recruiting and helping make GC a better program are realizations of a dream he formed all those years ago at the foot of his father in Hart County.

"His enthusiasm and passion will be a welcomed boost. Heidi came in this past season and of course this season is going to be a new era for Georgetown," McCloskey said. "It is always good to have a fresh look or a fresh view on things to help make sure we are always heading in the right direction. It was important to me to surround myself with a staff I felt could look at all angles and work together to find the best approach."

 
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