Former Paine College president among Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted by ncarter | 02/8/2011 10:53 AM

 (Augusta, GA) - On Saturday, February 12, 2011 Paine College will host its annual Athletic Hall of Fame Breakfast. The breakfast will be held in the Candler Memorial Library Building at 8:00 a.m. The cost of attendance is $20.

This year’s inductees include: Joseph Tinsley ’96, Willie Adams ‘96, Richard Williams, Selina Kohn and Dr. William Harris, ‘66. Paine expects to welcome hundreds of alumni, their families and friends, and other supporters to its 129th Homecoming Celebration. This year's weeklong celebration, which is entitled “There’s No Place Like Home” will be held on the campus and various venues throughout the city of Augusta. The homecoming celebration will begin Sunday, February 6, 2011 and end Sunday, February 13, 2011. 
"I am delighted to invite everyone to back to Paine," said Dr. George C. Bradley. "We are very excited about this year’s celebration. We look forward to providing opportunities for our alumni and their families and friends to renew old ties and make new ones, to reminisce about their time at Paine, and to reconnect with their alma mater in meaningful ways."

This year’s homecoming celebration will include the 30th Annual Conference on the Black Experience, 129th Founders Day Convocation, Annual Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Basketball Game, Comedy Show, Greek Step Show, 11th Annual Scholarship Masked Ball, and Gospel Explosion.

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For more information, call the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or contact Ms. Natasha Carter at

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Participates in ACE Program

Posted by kmay | 07/6/2010 10:52 AM

Willie Adams, Paine College’s newly appointed head women’s basketball coach received the opportunity to participate in the 2010 Black College Associations Achieving Coaching Excellence program June 15-18, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The original concept of Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) was forged for the benefit of 25 black football coaches who convened at Stanford University in 1994. This professional development model stemmed from the collective efforts of Mike Brown and Ron Thomas of The Sports Institute and Stanford's Kevin Anderson, currently the Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy, Ted Leland and the late legendary Bill Walsh.

In 2002, the ACE concept model was modified and adopted by Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) to meet the needs of ethnic minority collegiate women's basketball coaches. With additional support of the NCAA Office of Diversity and Inclusion, BCA expanded the BCA ACE program with the addition of an ACE for ethnic minority collegiate men's basketball coaches program in 2007. Today, the BCA ACE program remains committed to preparing the next generation of ethnic minority collegiate head basketball coaches.

Adams stated, “I truly learned a lot about myself at the ACE program.  Planning, time, and game management are some of the most important concepts that must be applied in order to have a successful athletic program.  I met some of the “Games” most knowledgeable people who give so much to this game.  The Felecia Hall’s Mariana Freeman’s, Floyd Keith’s, and Kennedy Wells, all who have done so much for minority coaches.”  “I developed friendships that will last a lifetime, and this program let’s me know that there are still some good hard working Americans out there willing to help people accomplish their dreams.”

The Brunswick, Georgia native is 1996 graduate of Paine College where he served as team captain for the Lions from 1993-1994 and was a member of the schools first men’s basketball championship.  Coach Adams has just completed his 14th year as assistant men’s basketball coach and 12th year as head women’s cross country and track and field coach. He is the son of Legendary Theresa Adams, head girls basketball coach and cross country and track and field coach at Glynn Academy High School in Brunswick, Georgia.  Adams is married to Mrs. Cekishia Adams.

Coach Adams thanks Mr. Ronnie O. Spry, Director of Athletics and Dr. George C. Bradley, President for assisting in affording me the opportunity to attend this inspiring professional development series. 

 The ACE program is administered by BCA and supported by NCAA. The program is designed to enhance an already talented group of ethnic minority collegiate basketball coaches to become the next generation of collegiate head basketball coaches.



Paine College Appoints Coach Willie Adams to Lead Lady Lions

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2010 12:13 PM

By Helene Carter
Augusta, GA- Athletic Director, Coach Ronnie Spry, announced today that Coach Willie Adams will lead the Lady Lions Basketball team.  Coach Adams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in his 14th year at Paine College where he previously served as the assistant basketball coach for the Lions and steered the women’s cross country and track team for over 12 years.

Coach Spry commented, “Adams was an outstanding basketball player and all-around athlete while a student at Paine College. A natural leader, he served as Team Captain and was a member of the Lions Championship team and later garnered the Most Improved Player Award.  His expertise, experience and being familiar with our athletic program will help him to do an outstanding job.”

“I am truly excited to be a part of the Paine College legacy where there is an exceptional basketball history,” said Adams.  “It is my desire to continue to build winning teams on and off the court that will compete successfully in the athletic and academic arenas.”

During his tenure, Adams guided the women’s cross country program from 3rd place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) to 2nd place in 2004.  He coached several players to the All-Conference Team in Cross Country and track & field for several consecutive years.  In 1998, Adams coached freshman Samantha Daniels to the All-Conference team in cross country, and in 1999, Melissa Calhoun to the All-Conference Awards; and Casheba Ellis All-Conference in 2009.

In 2000 through 2002, Adams coached Clensy Warren (Javelin); LaTasha Russell (Discus); and the 4 X 100 Relay and 4 X 400 Relay teams to All-Conference awards in track and field.  He also coached Savoyia Baerrett to a Conference Championship in the Javelin (2005-2006) and Lakeisha Bell four straight years to the High Jump Championship (2006-2009).  In 1999 and 2002, Adams played an integral role in assisting the Men’s Basketball Championship teams.

A native of Brunswick, Georgia, Adams was an outstanding athlete at Brunswick High School where he lettered four years in basketball and football.  While at Brunswick High School, he also played baseball.  After graduating from high school, Adams attended Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida; and later transferred to Paine College where he played basketball from 1992-1994. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology from Paine College in 1996 and a Masters of Education Degree from Troy University in 2005.  Adams is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Black Coaches and Administrators Association.  He is married to CeKisha Adams.

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