COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland women’s basketball assistant coach David Adkins was hired by the Washington Wizards this week as a player development assistant. Adkins was with the Terrapins for five years, which included the 2014 Final Four, an ACC championship, an Elite Eight and a Sweet Sixteen.
"Is there a bigger compliment to our program than when an NBA team hires a Maryland women's basketball assistant? One of the best parts about this job is helping people achieve their dreams,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “Normally, you think about our players in that regard, but it also extends to our staff. The NBA is the top level of basketball in the world and there are very few people that actually get jobs there. So, David had my total support when he mentioned that this opportunity came along.”
"I can't thank David enough for how hard he worked to help our players and our program. He really made an impact on everyone here at Maryland. He was sort of an 'out of the box' hire when I hired him from the boys high school game, but I think the results speak for themselves. We've had terrific team and individual success together. We've won championships, our players have gotten better and some of them are getting paid well for playing basketball as pros. What was also a terrific bonus was we got to bring Coach Adkins' wife and kids into our program. They're really special people to us and we hope they always feel connected."
“I just want to thank all of the players, coworkers and staff at Maryland who are all great people," Adkins said. "It’s been an amazing five years with great experiences and I am proud to be a part of such special achievements. My passion is being in the gym and helping players take their game to the highest level. I’m thankful for this awesome opportunity with the Wizards.”
Adkins has been involved in basketball in the DC area for over 20 years. He was an assistant at national high school powerhouses Montrose Christian and DeMatha, working with numerous future NBA players in 2014 Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant, Alex Len, Greivis Vasquez and more.