Stacy Adams
Biographical details
Born (1966-06-21) June 21, 1966 (age 54)
Gary, Indiana
Head coaching record

Stacy Adams (born June 21, 1966) was the head football coach at Valparaiso University. He was the first black head football coach and the second documented black head coach at Valparaiso.[1]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Adams was born in Gary, Indiana and grew up in Glen Park. He graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1984.

College[edit | edit source]

Adams played quarterback for Tom Horne at Joliet Junior College. After graduating from Joliet in 1987, he played at Northwest Missouri State University. In addition to playing quarterback, he played running back and outside linebacker. He earned a bachelor's degree from Northwest Missouri State in 1990. In 1997, he earned a master's degree from Valparaiso.

Coaching[edit | edit source]

In 1991, Horne added Adams to the coaching staff at Valparaiso. Adams was named the offensive coordinator and running backs coach in 1997. Adams also served as the quarterbacks coach while on the coaching staff.[2]

In 2005, he was hired to replace Horne. He became the sixth coach of the Crusaders football team since 1946.[3] When he was hired, he was the only Division I black head football coach in Indiana [1] In 2006, Adams was one of only ten black head coaches in Division I.[4] In his first game as head coach on September 3, 2005, Jeff Horton set Valparaiso's single-game rushing record with 253 yards in a game against Wisconsin Lutheran College. The Crusaders extended Adams's contract in 2006.[5] The Crusaders have won all of their conference championships since 1968 while Adams has been on the coaching staff.[6]

Adams resigned after the 2009 season.[7] He was replaced by Dale Carlson.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Adams was born to Jimmie and Shirley Adams. He is married and has one son and two stepsons.

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Valparaiso Crusaders (Pioneer Football League) (2005–2009)
2005 Valparaiso 3–8 1–3 4th (North)
2006 Valparaiso 3–8 1–6 T–th
2007 Valparaiso 5–6 2–5 T–6th
2008 Valparaiso 3–8 2–6 8th
2009 Valparaiso 1–10 0–8 10th
Valparaiso: 15–40 6–28
Total: 15–40
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

References[edit | edit source]

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