|Title:||Head Women's Soccer Coach|
Chris Adams is entering his eleventh season at the helm of the women's soccer program at the University of North Georgia. He is the third head coach in the program's history and has accumulated an overall record of 101-70-16.
In 2012, he guided the team to their second straight NCAA Division II tournament appearance. The Saints posted a 15-5-2 record on the season and advanced to the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference tournament. They were ranked as high as fifth-nationally during the regular season and were the 2nd highest scoring team in all of NCAA Division II women’s soccer with a 3.42 goals per game average. Under Adams, North Georgia outscored its opponents 75-26 and posted nine shutouts.
Adams' 2011 team enjoyed a break-out season as the Saints made the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament and boasted the PBC Co-Player-of-the-Year and NSCAA All-American Emily Dover. The Saints made the most of their trip to the NCAA tournament, claiming their first-ever win the NCAAs as well to finish the season with a program-best 16-3-1 record that included a 9-0-1 record at home. North Georgia went 8-1-1 in Peach Belt action to finish second in the conference race.
The Saints cracked the top-25 for two straight weeks in 2010, and advanced to the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship game. North Georgia set then program records in 2010 for most wins with 14, and consecutive wins with 11, while also capturing the first-ever postseason victory since entering the NCAA Division II level in 2005.
In 2009, North Georgia finished 10-5-2 overall, sending Adams to earn PBC Coach of the Year honors. North Georgia picked up the most notable victory in program history last year, knocking off 3rd-ranked Columbus State University on the road to send CSU to their first conference loss in over four years and breaking the Cougars' 36-game winning streak in league action.
Adams led the Saints to their first-ever victory as a member of the NCAA Division II, when they defeated Georgia Southwestern 7-0 on October 5, 2005. He later led the Saints to their first-ever Peach Belt Conference victory, defeating the University of South Carolina - Aiken 3-1 on October 15, 2005.
Adams joined the coaching staff as the head men's and women's soccer coach in 2003. In two seasons at the helm of the men's program, Adams led North Georgia to a 19-17-2 mark and was named the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Coach of the Year in 2004. He led the Saints to a third place finish in the conference and their first NAIA Regional Tournament appearance in the program's history.
Adams began his coaching career in 1995 while an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, where he helped build the first women's soccer team. In the first year of competition, the Lady Bulldogs went 10-5-3 overall and posted a 3-3-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference. In his three seasons with Georgia, the Lady Bulldogs compiled a 39-19-4 overall record and a 14-8-2 record in SEC play.
Following graduation, Adams took a job at NCAA Division I Jacksonville State University (AL) as the head assistant coach. He returned to his hometown of Athens in 1999 to manage the soccer program at the YWCO. After directing the program for two years, Adams began teaching at Clarke Central High School in Athens, where he coached the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, and taught health and physical education.
Adams received a B.S. degree, from the University of Georgia in 1998, in Physical Education and Health with a Coaching emphasis. He also recently completed his Master's degree in Physical Education and Health right here at North Georgia & State University.
Coach Adams holds a United States
Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" License, a USSF National
Youth License, and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America
(NSCAA) Advanced National License.
In addition to his collegiate coaching pedigree, Adams also has successful head coaching experience on the professional level as he led the 2011 version of the Atlanta Silverbacks women’s team to the United Soccer League’s W League Championship with a 6-1 victory over the Ottawa Fury.
Chris Adams resides in Dahlonega and is married to Melissa Donne Adams. They have two daughters Gracen, Anna and a black lab named Minnie.