Adams says adios to Chugiak girls job (Basketball)

May 24, 2010

Tracy Adams, one of the true good guys in Alaska high school basketball, won’t be back as girls hoops coach at Chugiak High School next fall.

Although you still might see him at games.

Adams plans to stick around the sport; he just won’t be a head coach.

“It is the right time for the program first and me second,” Adams told me about leaving. “I have five returners coming back with three of them being juniors next year. They have a great work ethic and a good understanding of the game.

“It’s a great group for a new coach to come in and build his own program. I just knew the time was right. I thought it was after last year but it wasn’t. I am comfortable with my decision and it is what is best for the program.”

Tracy Adams was named Class 4A Alaska Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading the Mustangs to the state championship.

Adams won a few Cook Inlet Conference titles and one state championship during his six seasons at Chugiak, helping the Mustangs maintain their longtime status as one of the premier programs. He never kept track of his career record, so don’t ask.

“You are only as good as your last game,” he said.

Fittingly, Adams lost his final game to Colony, arguably his greatest nemesis. The series delivered some great games and fantastic finishes. Adams and former Colony coach Don Witzel met in back-to-back Class 4A title games in 2008 and 2009, with the Knights winning in 2008 and the Mustangs in 2009.

“Don was a great coach and it was an honor to coach against him,” Adams said.

His greatest victory at Chugiak didn’t even come at the varsity level, though. It came against Wasilla when Adams was the JV coach in 2000.

His team won with three players on the court.

“We were up going into the fourth quarter and ended up fouling out all but three of my players,” Adams said. “We went to a three-player triangle zone and were able to hold them 3-on-5 for five minutes or so and win the game.”

What’s next for Adams? That’s the big question these days.

Not even he knows the answer just yet.

“It’s nice having options open,” said Adams, who just became a grandfather. “I’ll continue to work and take life as it comes. I would never rule out coaching again, but it will be nice to take a break.”

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