David Adkins is in his fifth season at Maryland, joining the Terrapins in June 2009 after a successful career in the high school ranks working with some of the best players in the country. He has helped more than 50 players earn college scholarships, including 41 Division I scholarships, in his 21 years on the sidelines.
"David Adkins is one of the most highly-regarded player-development coaches in all of basketball and we are incredibly fortunate to have gained his services," Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said. "I first got to know David through (former Terrapin) Marissa Coleman and (former Maryland men's basketball player) Greivis Vasquez, who rave about him. He's been a big part of some incredible basketball programs and he brings tremendous energy and knowledge."
In his five years in College Park, he’s helped lead the Terrapins to a 130-38 (.774) record, the 2014 Final Four, four top-four ACC finishes, four NCAA Tournament appearances, two Elite Eight finishes, three Sweet Sixteens and an ACC title.
In 2014, Adkins and the Terrapins' coaching staff helped lead the team on a remarkable run to the Final Four. The Terps suffered a disappointing loss to North Carolina in the ACC Quarterfinals. After the extra bye week before the NCAA Tournament, the coaching staff helped the Terrapins refocus and recommit. They went on to beat the Patriot League champion Army in the NCAA First Round, then a tough Texas squad with one of the nation's best front courts in the Second Round.
Adkins joined the Terrapins after spending 16 years as a high school assistant coach, but his coaching laurels reach far beyond the prep ranks. Widely known in basketball circles as an elite developer of talent, Adkins has helped develop the games of five NBA players and trained many more, two McDonald's All-Americans, three Jordan All-Americans, three Maryland Gatorade Players of the Year, four Parade All-Americans and three Washington Post Players of the Year during his time teaching the game as a high school assistant, camp counselor and in private workouts. Additionally, Adkins has trained several high-profile European professionals, including former Maryland standout Nik Caner-Medley.
Over the course of his career, he has helped ripen the games of five NBA players and many Division I athletes such as Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Linas Kleiza (Toronto Raptors), Greivis Vasquez (Memphis Grizzlies), Austin Freeman (Georgetown), Jeff Peterson (Arkansas), Jerai Grant (Clemson), Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and Alex Len (Maryland).
Adkins has helped multiple Terrapins improve their games. He helped Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas become top-six WNBA Draft picks in 2013 and 2014, after neither came to College Park as McDonald’s All-Americans.
Adkins, a 1989 graduate of Radford University, also served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2006 19-U Nike World Championships and during the 2007 Capital Classic in College Park.
He most recently coached for three years at legendary high school power DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md., helping the Stags claim two conference titles and two city titles while compiling a record of 83-20. Prior to his stint at DeMatha, Adkins spent seven seasons as an assistant at nationally-acclaimed Montrose Christian High School in Rockville, Md. During his tenure, Montrose Christian was ranked No. 1 in The Washington Post final poll in 2003, 2005 and 2006 where it finished in the USA Today Top-10 each of those years.
In total, Montrose Christian finished in the top-25 of the USA Today poll in five of Adkins' seven seasons at the school.
Adkins' camp experience includes the Nike All-Asia Camp in Beijing (counselor), the Nike Basketball Power Factory Tryout and Training Camp in Beijing (coach), the Five Star Basketball Camp in Caloforte, Italy (camp director), the Chris Paul Elite Backcourt Camp, the Snow Valley Basketball Camp, the Nike All-American Camp (coach) and the Nike Hoop Jamboree Camp (coach).
Adkins resides in Ashburn, Va., with his wife, Janet, and two daughters Ryland and Camryn. Ryland is a junior at Maryland and is a manager for the women's basketball team.
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Date of Birth: June 5, 1964