On five occasions, Adams has been named one of the nation’s top assistant coaches by collegesoccernews.com. He earned his fifth accolade after the 2010 season, and in 2003, he was one of 27 college coaches in the nation to be honored as an Assistant Coach of the Year by AFLAC.
“I am thrilled that Coach Adams has been rewarded for all his work that he has put into the program. His promotion as an associate head coach is well deserved,” Caringi said. “I look forward to continuing working with him and my staff to make UMBC Soccer the best program it can be.”
Adams earned four letters for UMBC from 1992-95 and was a starter in the backfield in his final three seasons. The Dundalk, Md., native (Calvert Hall) has been an extremely successful coach at the club level. As coach of the Soccer Club of Baltimore and the Baltimore Bays, he won 10 state championships, two regional titles and made two national final four appearances from 1996-2007.
Adams has been a member of the staff of the USSF Development Academy’s Baltimore Bays since 2008 and had three teams place in the Academy Final Eight over the past two years.
Adams earned the 1995 Retriever Club Scholarship Award, given each year to a junior student-athlete who demonstrates academic and athletic excellence and a commitment to UMBC’s community service program.
The longest-tenured UMBC assistant coach holds a USSF “A” coaching license. He earned a degree in history and a certificate in secondary education from UMBC in 1997 and completed his master’s degree in management from the University of Maryland, University College in 2007.
His wife, Stephanie, was a former member of the sports medicine staff at UMBC. The couple had their first child, Isabella Marika, in July 2007 and also welcomed Caroline Marie to the family in August 2010.