Jody Adams Named MVC Coach Of the Year

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March 14, 2013

When Adams took over the program in 2008-09, the Shockers were 10th in the league and had not won a game in the MVC Tournament in seven years. In the five seasons since she took over the program, WSU has improved its place in the conference every season. Adams is 89-70 (.560), giving her the best career winning percentage among WSU coaches and the second-highest number of total victories.

Under her tutelage, Wichita State has produced six all-conference selections, two MVC Defensive Players of the Year, three all-defensive team selections, three all-freshman team choices, and three honorees on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.

The Shockers have secured the highest single season win total as well as the most successful 2-, 3-, and 4-year periods in school history. Adams guided WSU to the program's first post-season victory in 2010 as well as the school's first victory in the WNIT, a 79-57 win at Koch Arena over Oral Roberts. The Shockers have made the post-season in three consecutive years for the first time in program history.

This year's team matched a school record with a 10-game winning streak and established the third-best start to MVC competition of any school by beginning the slate with a 10-0 mark. Wichita State enters this weekend's Valley Tournament with an RPI of 63, the second-highest ranking in school history.

A native of Cleveland, Tenn., Adams was a national championship point guard at the University of Tennessee. In her only year as a head coach outside of Wichita State, Adams won a conference tournament championship at Murray State. Prior to that stint, she served as the associate head coach at Southern Illinois, helping the Salukis to their first conference title in 2006-07.

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