Updated Oct. 18, 2006
Jody Adams enters her third season as Associate Head Coach at Southern Illinois University. She serves primarily as the team's recruiting coordinator and guards coach. Adams has been instrumental in the current Saluki resurgence by attracting quality recruits to Carbondale. In addition, her development of the perimeter has been key to the Salukis' overall team improvement.
Saluki head coach Dana Eikenberg has high praise for Adams. "Jody is a great recruiter," Eikenberg said. "She understands what type of student-athlete we need at SIU. She is one of the best X and O teachers in the game."
In addition to her recruiting and on-court duties, Adams also assists with scouting and game planning, as well as the strength and conditioning program.
Prior to setting foot on the SIU campus, Adams was named a 2003 AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year.
At UMKC, Adams also signed some of the best talent in the Kansas City area. Among those recruits was Carlai Moore, who was named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Freshman Team and earned the league's Sixth Woman-of-the-Year Award. Moore, who transferred to SIU, also excelled in the Missouri Valley Conference, earning the 2006 Newcomer of the Year honor last season.
Adams came to UMKC from the University of Minnesota, where she served as assistant coach from 1997-2000. She was the Gophers' recruiting coordinator, who oversaw the conditioning programs, coordinated scouting efforts, supervised student-athletes' academic progress and was involved in community outreach programs.
While at Minnesota, Adams was instrumental in the Gophers signing a Top-5 national recruiting class prior to the 2000-01 campaign. Adams' recruits included Lindsay Whalen, who was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after ranking among the league's top-five in scoring, and was named Big Ten Player-of-the-Year as a sophomore. She currently plays for Connecticut in the WNBA. Before coaching at Minnesota, Adams worked as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University, where she was in charge of scouting and scheduling, and assisted with recruiting. She was also the liaison to the booster club.
Adams gained more experience at Auburn, where she worked as an assistant to Joe Ciampi in 1994-96. She was responsible for scouting, developing perimeter players and assisting with practice and game preparation while with the Tigers. Auburn even advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight that year.
A 1993 graduate of Tennessee, Adams played four seasons for the Lady Vols under legendary coach Pat Summitt, and was the point guard for three Southeastern Conference Championship teams. The Lady Vols advanced to the NCAA Tournament during each of her four years and captured the NCAA's ultimate prize with a national championship in 1991.
Adams suffered a knee injury as a senior that allowed her to play only half of the Lady Vols' games that year.
During her career, Adams averaged 6.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, in addition to shooting 81 percent from the free throw line. She was named to the 1992 NCAA Mideast Regional Team and was a two-time SEC All-Academic pick. In 2000, Adams and the Volunteers were presented the "ESPY" for team of the decade by ESPN.