Adams Leaving UW Basketball Program

April 6, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

John Adams, Wyoming's longtime assistant basketball coach, is leaving the Cowboy program to enter private business, Head Coach Steve McClain announced Thursday.

Adams, who just finished his eighth season with McClain and the Cowboys, is returning to his hometown of Okoboji, Iowa, to work with his father, John Sr., in a publishing business.

"This is one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make," Adams said. "But I could not pass up the opportunity to go back home and work with my dad in a business he built from scratch.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my eight years at Wyoming, and thank Coach McClain for the privilege of being on his staff," Adams said. "I have really enjoyed working with our players through the years, they have been terrific. I wish the program nothing but success."

Adams, 34, earned a bachelor's degree in English education and a master's in sports management from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the Cowboy staff, he began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

"John has been a tremendous asset to this basketball program," McClain said. "He is an outstanding basketball coach, and we will miss him. But we certainly understand that this is a great opportunity for he and his family. He is a class individual, and we wish he, Michelle and the children the very best."

Adams served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater for two seasons. The 1996-97 Iowa State squad posted a 22-9 record, and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The year prior, 1995-96, the Cyclones captured the final Big Eight Conference Tournament Championship, ending the season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 24-9 record.

He is married to the former Michelle VanderPol. They have one daughter, Shaelyn (8), and one son, Tyler (4).