CASPER – At their recent Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet, the Wyoming Coaches Association inducted retired Torrington Middle School coach Randy Adams into their 2019 Hall of Fame Class – Junior High/Middle School Division.
The WCA Hall of Fame (established in 2011) recognizes individuals who have coached the majority of their career at the junior high/middle school level. The WCA is proud to recognize the dedication these coaches have provided to the young athletes of Wyoming, which often leads to future individual and team successes.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming in January of 1970, Adams taught and coached football and basketball at Mead Jr. High in Colorado. After moving his wife and two sons to Torrington in 1973, he coached eighth-grade boys in football and basketball. He also coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and served on the Legion board.
Adams continued coaching football and basketball, until taking a few years off to referee, before returning to coaching. He continued coaching the boys in football and basketball, and then for the last 15 years, he enjoyed coaching girls’ basketball and spent a few years as intramural track coach.
There were many successes and a few failures over the 38 years, including conference championships, undefeated seasons and the very rewarding experiences of mentoring young athletes. Believing that sports can have a strong influence on what happens in the classroom, he took pride in helping young men and women grow in confidence, have respect for each other, develop a love of the game, and the value of competition and hard work to achieve a goal. Football, basketball, baseball, and track were all tools Adams used as an extension of the classroom.
He has been extremely fortunate along the way to have had many skilled assistant coaches who made coaching a pleasure. What was accomplished would have been impossible without them. The support of his wife, Barb, who kept the family together while he was away for 12 hours a day and most Saturdays made it all possible and he could not have gotten to this place without her.
Torrington Middle School will have a presentation later this school year in the TMS gym during girls’ basketball season. His bio, along with all the other junior high/middle school and high school inductees are on-line at www.wcaonline.net