DAHLONEGA, Ga. – When the North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team defeated Clayton State University 4-2 Tuesday night, it meant more than just a trip to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinal round. It marked head coach Chris Adams' 100th career win in his 10th season at the helm of the women's program.
Under the guidance of Adams, the North Georgia women have reached new heights and set program records as he guided the Saints through their transition from the NAIA ranks into NCAA Division II and the Peach Belt Conference.
Adams, the third coach to oversee the women's program at North Georgia, has accumulated a record of 100-68-16 during his decade in Dahlonega giving him a .543 win percentage. During that span, he has coached one PBC Player of the Year and one PBC Freshman of the Year, 19 All-PBC nominations, 10 PBC All-Tournament selections, seven All-Southeast Region players and three All-Americans. Prior to moving to Division II, Adams also had seven players earn all-conference selections and has had numerous players earn All-Academic honors in his nine seasons.
Prior to focusing on just the women's team, Coach Adams coached both the men and women for two seasons and was named the 2004 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Coach of the Year on the men's side as he led the program to a third-place finish in the conference standings and its first-ever appearance in the NAIA Regional Tournament. He had a record of 19-17-2 in two seasons coaching the men.
He was named the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Women's Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a 10-5-2 overall record that included knocking off third-ranked Columbus State University on the road. That victory broke the Cougars' 36-game winning streak in league action.
2010 marked the first time the program cracked the national top-25. That same year, the Saints advanced all the way to the conference tournament finals while setting the program record for wins in a single season at 14.
That record did not last long as last year's squad posted a record of 16-3-1 en route to advancing to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. The 16 wins also included North Georgia's first-ever win in the national tournament.
In the eight years that the program has been a member of the NCAA Division II ranks, the Saints have advanced to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament every year.
This season, Adams' team earned a ranking of fifth-nationally and has gone 2-1-1 against ranked opponents with a season record of 14-3-2 heading into Friday's semifinal bout with the nation's No. 1 team, Armstrong Atlantic State University.