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