Michael Adams is a familiar face to the Washington, D.C. area, having played for the Washington Bullets in the late 1980s and early 1990s, having served as a television analyst for the Bullets on Home Team Sports in 1996-97 and having spent the 2004 season as the head coach of the WNBA's Washington Mystics.
Now in his third season on staff with the Terrapins, Adams is responsible for player development, advance scouting, game preparation, and recruiting. Adams paid immediate dividends in his first year with the Terps, helping assemble Maryland's freshman class which was rated No. 18 in the nation by Rivals.com.
His addition to head coach Gary Williams' staff in April of 2005 garnered instant national acclaim as CBSSportsline.com tabbed him "...one of the best assistant coach hires of the off-season." His ties to University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams go back to the days when Adams played for Williams at Boston College from 1982-85. Adams brings 14 years of professional basketball experience to the Terrapins, as both a player and coach.
One of the most proficient 3-point shooters in NBA history, Adams spent 11 seasons as a player in the league, which included stints with Sacramento, Washington (1986-87 and 1991-94), Denver and Charlotte. Adams averaged 14.7 points, 6.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest through his 11-year career. He led the NBA in 3-point field goals made during the 1987-88 and 1990-91 seasons, and made at least one 3-point field goal in 79 consecutive games across the 1988 and 1989 seasons, placing him second all-time in the NBA's record books behind (fellow Boston College alum) Dana Barros' 89.
Adams' best season statistically came in 1990-91, when he averaged 26.5 points and 10.5 assists. In 1992, as a member of the Bullets, Adams was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. That year he finished third in the fan voting for the starting spot.
Adams began his coaching career in 1999, serving as assistant coach of the International Basketball League's Richmond Rhythm and helping that team to the 1999 championship game. In 2000, he returned to the NBA as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Grizzlies, moving with the team to Memphis until the end of the 2001-02 season.
As the head coach of the Mystics in 2004, Adams led the WNBA squad to a 17-17 overall record and a berth in the playoffs for the first time in two seasons.
Adams enjoyed a stellar collegiate career during his four years at Boston College, finishing as the school's fifth-leading scorer before being selected in the third round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Adams earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Boston College, and his jersey was retired there in 1999.
A native of Hartford, Conn., and a standout high school player at Hartford Public High School, Adams has eight siblings. In 2002, he was inducted into the Hartford Public High School Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball. In December 1999, Sports Illustrated named Adams one of the 50 Greatest Connecticut Sports Figures.
Adams now resides in Mitchellville, Md. Off the court, he has been active in many community activities, including coaching his son's youth basketball teams and volunteering for other local organizations. His son, Michael Christian, is another budding point guard and annual attendee of the Gary Williams Basketball Camp.