PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has named Hope Adams its new women's head basketball coach.
The college's Board of Trustees approved Adams today.
"I'm really excited about becoming the next head coach here at Gulf Coast," she said. "It's a dream come true. I think we have got good recruits coming in, and we have built great chemistry with the girls that are coming back. I feel like God has provided me the opportunity of a lifetime."
Adams was the Lady Bulldogs' assistant coach last season. She had been an assistant coach at Oxford High School, where the teams went 47-13 from 2014-16. The Lady Chargers were region champs in 2015 and advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2016.
Adams played at the University of Memphis as a freshman, then went on to be a first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23 selection at Northwest Mississippi in 2009-10. She played at Union University in 2010-11, where the team went 31-2 on the way to the NAIA national championship game. She earned All-TranSouth Conference honors at Union.
She graduated with a bachelor's in sports medicine from Union and went on to obtain a master's in conflict resolution from Bethel University. Adams is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist.
Adams has three children, Jayden Curtis, 8, Janila Curtis, 8, and Jaycee Curtis, 5.
She's going to stress discipline and structure to her team.
"We want to get the kids to buy into our foundation," Adams said. "Once you get the kids to buy in and they feel like they can trust you and that you really care about them, they'll work hard for you. We're going to teach them to get out there and play some ball and don't quit."
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