Baseball coach Dick Adams will begin his third season at JCC this spring. The first two seasons as the head coach for the Jayhawks were competitive. The 2013 Jayhawks won 20 games but fell a game short of the regional tournament. 2014 saw series after series end with close games but very few victories. All seven sophomores graduated and six have moved on to play at DII, DIII, and NAIA universities.
Dick Adams came to Jamestown Community College from Cerro Coso Community College, where he was the head baseball coach for 18 years (1992-2010). As the Coyote Skipper, his record stands at 383 wins and 345 losses (.526). Coach Adams led the 1999 and 2000 teams to a 56-30 record resulting in back to back Foothill Conference championships, and each championship allowed the Coyotes to host the first round of state playoffs. Dick was named the Foothill Conference Coach of the Year in both 1999 and 2000.
A native of Southern California, Dick played at Camarillo High School, where he graduated in 1972. He later played two years at Moorpark Junior College and two seasons at California State University, Northridge, helping the latter to the 1975 NCAA Division II Western Regional Championship and a berth in the College World Series. The following year, he pitched himself to a 10-5 record and earned All-District 8 honors. Following his senior season, Dick signed with the California Angels and played three years professionally before elbow surgery brought an end to his career as a player.
His coaching career started with a stint at Granada Hills High School in Los Angeles, where he assisted for three seasons. His stay there was highlighted by an LA city championship. He later moved to the college ranks, coaching single seasons at Moorpark Junior College and California Lutheran University. Prior to his starting the program at Cerro Coso, Dick served as assistant coach at Carson City High School in Nevada, helping the Senators to a pair of trips to the Nevada state tournament. He was later head coach at McQueen High School in Reno before landing a job as an assistant baseball coach with the University of Nevada, Reno in 1991-1992.
Dick received a master of arts degree in educational administration from the University of San Francisco in 1997, a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from California State University, Northridge in 1977, and an associate of arts degree from Moorpark College in 1974.
Dick and his wife Wendy reside in Jamestown, with Wendy working for the Veterans Administration. Their daughter Amie is a 2014 graduate of Maple Grove High School and is currently attending JCC majoring in music.