"Ace" Adams To Be Inducted into IMLCA Hall of Fame

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PHILADELPHIA - The Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) has announced its inaugural Hall of Fame Class, and former Penn head coach Jim “Ace” Adams is among the 11 who will be inducted during the NCAA Championship Weekend in Philadelphia. The event will take place on Saturday, May 28; ticket and location information will be released later this month.

Adams and his fellow inductees were selected by the IMLCA Hall of Fame Committee comprised of Tom Gill, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (chair), Fred Acee (Air Force), Guy Van Arsdale (Jacksonville), Mike Murphy (Colgate), Dan Sheehan (LeMoyne), Tom Leanos (Drew).

“The IMLCA Hall of Fame will be the most important program the IMLCA has initiated as we honor those men who paved the way for all the current coaches to enjoy the game as we do,” said Richie Meade, chair of the IMLCA Hall of Fame Ceremony Committee and head coach at Furman. “This will be an event that the lacrosse community and many former players of these outstanding men will come together to honor them as coaches, mentors and educators.”

“We are very happy for Coach Adams and his family for being recognized as one of the great men in the history of our profession,” said Penn’s current head coach, Mike Murphy. “This really hits home for me personally, as someone who was recruited by Coach Adams, competed against his teams as a student-athlete, and now follows in his footsteps as a coach here at Penn. Coach Adams was a great coach and he is a great man, and I am proud to have this connection with him.”

Adams, of course, is one of the great names in college lacrosse coaching. He was Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Penn from 1970-77, coming to Philadelphia after a standout 12-year career at Army where he won a trio of national championships and was the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coach of the Year in 1961. The Quakers went a combined 51-34 under Adams’ tutelage, including a 10-2 mark in 1977 when the Quakers finished the year ranked fourth. Adams also led Penn to its first two NCAA Championship appearances, in 1975 and 1977; both times the Quakers fell to Navy in the quarterfinal round. He coached 17 All-Americans at Penn.

Adams left Penn after the 1977 season to become the head coach at the University of Virginia, a job he held until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure there, he led the Cavaliers to 12 NCAA Championship appearances including seven semifinal games and two runner-up finishes (both times the losses coming in overtime). At the time of his retirement from coaching in 1992, he was second behind only Massachusetts’ Dick Garber in career wins (285).

What is perhaps most impressive is that Adams accomplished some of his greatest feats as a coach after he had been inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame; that happened in 1975, when he was still coaching at Penn. Prior to his coaching career, Adams played at Johns Hopkins where he was a three-time USILA All-America and played on three national championship squads. A superb athlete, Adams also played football and basketball for the Blue Jays.

About The IMLCA
The IMLCA was created to help build the game of lacrosse, become the premier organization providing coaches development and monitor the integrity of the game. Its membership is comprised of individual men’s coaches. To further expose its value, the IMLCA has created relationships with the high school, junior college and collegiate club lacrosse coaches so that they too can benefit from the initiatives of the Association.

Download: IMLCA Hall of Fame (16-2-2-revised).pdf