USA Hires Mike Adams To Coach Linebackers

February 19, 2014 · By · Filed Under Football, News 
Former South Carolina State defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Adams will join the USA staff and coach linebackers. | Photo: scsuathletics.com

Former South Carolina State defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Adams will join the USA staff and coach linebackers. | Photo: scsuathletics.com

All but the official announcement has been released, but head coach Joey Jones has hired Mike Adams to fill one of the remaining positions on his staff.

Adams, the former defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at South Carolina State will reportedly coach linebackers at South Alabama.

Adams joined the Bulldogs in 2006 as a defensive backs coach for two seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator and changed his assignment to the linebackers.

While at SC State, his defense was regularly considered one of the best units in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the FCS ranks. He helped lead the team to MEAC championships in 2008 and 2009 and a share of the championship in 2010.

Adams began his coaching career at his alma mater Ball State in 1997 as a student assistant working with the linebackers. He was then an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s (Indiana) where he coached several positions. In 1998 he coached wide receivers and running backs, then in 1999 he moved to the defensive side coaching defensive backs for two seasons.

After the 2000 season he accepted a position at West Georgia where he spent five seasons as a defesive backs and special teams coach prior to SC State.

Adams graduated from Ball State in 1998 with a bachelor’s in sports administration.

His 2010 defensive unit at SC State finished in the top five in several defensive statistical categories. They finished first in the nation in total defense, rushing defense and passing defense. They finished second in the nation in scoring defense, sacks per game, Pass Efficiency Defense and 1st downs allowed. They finished fifth in 3rd down conversions and sixth in the nation in tackles for loss.

He coached the defensive player of the year for the MEAC, had one player named to the 1st Team All-Conference honors and five named 2nd Team All-Conference.

In an interview with WNSP, it was mentioned he had a recommendation from Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

Welcome Coach Adams!

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