A nationally respected college basketball commentator, Mark Adams is in his 20th season broadcasting college basketball games on national platforms. Considered by many to be the “Voice of the Mid-Majors,” Adams appears regularly on ASN and ESPN on nationally televised college basketball games. He has called many of the most significant games in college basketball including Wichita State’s march to an unprecedented undefeated regular season in 2013-14, Gonzaga’s first #1 national ranking in 2013 playing at BYU. Adams has made numerous appearances in studio and on NBA Summer League games as an in-game analyst.
Adams was a college basketball coach for 17 years and 10 of those years at the NCAA Division I level. Known as a program re-builder, he took over three different collegiate basketball programs that were a combined 28-54 (.341) in the season prior to his arrival. In his final season record at those same three schools he led those teams to a combined record of 59-32 (.648). His teams won two championships (1985 and 1989) earning him Coach of the Year honors in 1989 and national recognition. He was the head coach at Central Connecticut State University from 1991 to 1996, and during his tenure, the Blue Devils led the nation in blocked shots during the 1994-95 and the 95-96 campaigns. Prior to taking over at Central Connecticut, he served as an assistant coach at Washington State University from 1989 to 1991. From 1985 to 1989, he was head coach at Western Oregon State University, guiding the Runnin’ Wolves to the 1989 West Division championship of NAIA District 2 and earning Northwest College Basketball Coach-of-the-Year honors.
He served as an assistant coach at Idaho State from 1979 to 1982, before being named the youngest head college basketball coach in the country at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in April of 1982. He guided the Battlin’ Bears to a 1985 NAIA District 12 Regional championship and an NAIA National Tournament berth.
Adams is also known as a highly sought after national motivational speaker and business coach, he is the author of numerous books: WHY WE WIN -- Followership and Leadership Strategies for Team Success!
MY ESPN SEASONS, REDWOODS -- Spread Your Roots and Coach Your Team to Success!,
WINNING IN OVERTIME: Championship Sales Strategies From a Championship Coach! He also has published two children’s stories titled: Bucky’s Best Friend and A Boy Named Bucky.
He is active in many charities including the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Haiti where he and his family support a young girl who lost her parents in the 2010 earthquake.
Adams received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Cincinnati in 1979 and earned a master’s to degree in athletic administration from Idaho State University in 1980. Living in Springboro, Ohio, Adams married the love of his life, Judy in 1989 and they have four sons: Luke (32), Patrick (24), Jimmy (24) and Robby (11). He enjoys time with his family and especially loves to throw batting practice with Robby and go fishing in his backyard.
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