McClain Promotes Adams In Cowboy Basketball Program

June 26, 2000


John Adams, who for the past twoyears has been the "non-recruiting" assistant in the University of Wyomingbasketball program, has been promoted to a recruiting assistant, Cowboy HeadCoach Steve McClain announced on Monday.

Adams' position is subject to University Trustee approval, and wouldbecome effective on July 1.

"If you have someone in your program who has proven himself, heshould be rewarded," McClain said. "John Adams has been just that person.He has had a great deal to do with any success we have had in our program,and this is my chance to give him a new challenge since he has provenhimself in the program.

"John has done everything in our program, but recruit. While he hasbeen involved in the process--he was instrumental in the recruitment of AlexDunn and David Rottinghuas--this will give him the opportunity to recruit onan on-going basis which will only enhance his career. I believe he is oneof the bright young coaches in our business." McClain said he would fillAdams' vacated position as soon as possible.

In addition to his coaching duties, Adams has been in charge ofpreparing scouting reports, overseeing academics, and directing the CowboyBasketball camps.

"I am really excited about having an opportunity to move into arecruiting position in a nationally recognized program like we have here atWyoming," Adams said. "I'm sincerely appreciative that Steve brought me toWyoming in the first place, and now that he is giving me this chance. It'san honor.

"With the team that we have coming back for next year I am veryhappy to be involved here. Wyoming is extremely fortunate to have a headcoach of Steve's caliber. I am looking forward to continuing the successthat we have already begun to build here."

Adams, 28 (December 2, 1971), came to Wyoming from the University ofTennessee at Martin. He was an assistant there during the 1997-98 season.A 1995 graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in EnglishEducation, Adams also earned a Master of Exercise and Sport Science there.While earning his master's, Adams was a graduate assistant for the Cyclonesfor two seasons under current Chicago Bulls head coach Tim Floyd.

While a graduate assistant for the Cyclones, Iowa State was verysuccessful. The 1996-97 squad posted a 22-9 record and advanced to theSweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The year prior, 1995-96, the Cyclonescaptured the final Big Eight Conference Tournament Championship, ending theseason in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 24-9 record.

Adams and his wife Michelle, have one daughter, Shaelyn.