April 30, 2010
Adams will work with the Owls' goalkeepers. He joins Rice after working the previous two seasons as an assistant coach across town at Houston Baptist University. At HBU Adams worked with all areas of the soccer program. He helped the Huskies average nine wins per year while competing in the Great West Conference. In 2009 he coached the HBU goalkeeper to a .781 save percentage and 1.24 goals-against average.
"John has a great knowledge of the game," said Chris Huston. "He played at the Division I level and has been coaching at the youth, collegiate, and national level. He will bring a great strength to this staff with his knowledge of goalkeeping, his experience recruiting, and his attention to detail.
"It is definitely a plus that John is familiar with the Houston area and has great ties with many of the local clubs," coach Huston added. "He works with a number of youth goalkeepers and has a fantastic reputation and is well-respected throughout our region."
A native of Akron, Ohio, Adams played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati. He was an All-Conference USA selection as a senior while posting a school career record of 0.72 goals allowed in his four years with the Bearcats. After college, Adams played two seasons with the Cincinnati Excite of the AISL. During his first season with the Excite, Adams helped the team to the AISL championship.
He embarked on his coaching career in 2003-04, becoming a graduate assistant at Cincinnati. He was the Director of Coaching at the Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association from 2006-08, while also serving in a volunteer coaching role at his alma mater in 2007. Adams is a member of the NSCAA and US Youth Soccer Association. He was recently appointed as an assistant coach for the Puerto Rican women's national team.
"We have talented, veteran goalkeepers on the team who I think will benefit from his knowledge and experience," Huston said. "I know he is excited to work with goalkeepers of their caliber. We are thrilled that John has decided to join our staff and feel he shares in our desire to coach this team to a conference championship and our next appearance to the NCAA tournament."
The 2010 Rice soccer season gets underway with an exhibition game on the road against national power Texas A&M on August 14. Rice officially starts the season a week later (Aug. 20) with a road game against Big 12 power Baylor. The Blue & Gray plays its 2010 home-opener on Aug. 22 against longtime rival Stephen F. Austin.