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Ron Adams
American basketball coach

Ron Adams

Ron Adams
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Intro American basketball coach
Is Athlete Sports coach Basketball coach Basketball player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 November 1947, Laton, Fresno County, California, U.S.A.
Age 74 years
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Ronald George Adams (born November 18, 1947) is an American basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

Early life and college career

A native of Laton, California, Adams graduated from Laton High School. He then played basketball at Fresno Pacific College (now Fresno Pacific University) as a guard for the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in political science and history. On September 19, 2011, Adams was inducted into the Fresno Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame. Adams played basketball at Fresno Pacific (1965–69) and began his coaching career there as well (1969–74).

Coaching career

After graduating from Fresno Pacific College, Adams became an assistant coach for the basketball team in 1969. Following a 7–20 season in 1971–72, Adams was promoted to be head coach. Fresno Pacific went 19–7 in 1973–74, Adams's second season as head coach. While head coach at Fresno Pacific, Adams completed a master's degree in physical education at California State University, Fresno in 1974.

In 1975, Adams became assistant coach at United States International University. Then from 1976 to 1978, Adams was assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara. He moved up to the professional level, as head coach for Belgian team Sunair Ostende in the 1978–79 season.

From 1980 to 1986, Adams was an assistant coach at Fresno State under Boyd "Tiny" Grant. During this time, Fresno State won the PCAA Tournaments of 1981, 1982, and 1984. Adams took over as head coach after Grant resigned following the 1985–86 season. Adams's best season at Fresno State was a 15–14 season in 1988–89; in four seasons, Adams went 43–72.

In 1990, Adams joined Jerry Tarkanian's staff at UNLV, who followed its championship season with an undefeated Big West Conference regular season record and berth in the 1991 Final Four. Adams then was an assistant at Drake for one season, then reunited with Tarkanian to be an assistant under him with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs in 1992. After two seasons, Adams joined John Lucas II's staff on the Philadelphia 76ers as assistant coach in 1994. From 1996 to 1998, Adams was a player personnel scout for the Portland Trail Blazers.

In 1998, Adams became an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under George Karl. After five seasons in Milwaukee, Adams became assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls, mostly under Scott Skiles. He then was assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder under Scott Brooks from 2008 to 2010. Afterwards, Adams rejoined the Bulls in 2010 as assistant coach this time under Tom Thibodeau. Following three seasons with the Bulls, Adams became an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics in 2013, under first-year head coach Brad Stevens.

Adams is considered one of the top defensive coaches.

On June 23, 2014, Adams joined the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach under first-year head coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors finished the regular season 67–15 and in first place in the Western Conference. Adams won his first championship after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games of the 2015 NBA Finals.

Ron Adams was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, for coaching basketball, in 2016.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Fresno Pacific Sunbirds (NAIA District 3) (1972–1975)
1972–73 Fresno Pacific 16–13
1973–74 Fresno Pacific 19–7
1974–75 Fresno Pacific 9–16
Fresno Pacific: 44–36
Fresno State Bulldogs (Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference) (1986–1990)
1986–87 Fresno State 9–20 4–14 10th
1987–88 Fresno State 9–19 6–12 9th
1988–89 Fresno State 15–14 9–9 7th
1989–90 Fresno State 10–19 4–14 9th
Fresno State: 43–72 23–49
Total: 87–108
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