Chris Adams is in his fifth season working with UTSA’s throwers. He has led Richard Garrett Jr. to three All-America certificates in his first four years in the Alamo City in addition to coaching seven conference champions. His athletes also have established new school records in eight events since his arrival.
Adams helped lead the UTSA men to a Southland Conference indoor/outdoor championship sweep last spring and the women recorded their best outdoor finish (second) in 15 years. Richard Garrett Jr. earned second-team All-America accolades at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive season, successfully defended his Southland indoor shot put title and became the first thower in program history to win an outdoor conference championship when he won the shot. Phil Steinert also was victorious during the indoor campaign in the weight throw and he went on to place second in the hammer at the league’s outdoor meet. All told, the men established three new school records and four athletes competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Preliminary Rounds.
The women were just as successful, as Katie Bragg successfully defended her conference hammer throw crown with a new Southland record, while Zaquita McClanahan captured gold in the shot put at the conference’s outdoor meet. Both went on to participate at the national meet in their respective specialty events.
The 2011 campaign saw Garrett Jr. earn second-team All-America honors in the shot put at both national meets (first All-America thrower in school history) and he also was named the Southland Indoor Outstanding Field Performer after winning the league’s shot put title and finishing sixth in the weight throw. Garrett Jr. went on to place second in both the shot and discus and sixth in the hammer during the outdoor campaign. He established new program records in the indoor and outdoor shot in addition to breaking the Roadrunners’ 25-year-old discus mark at the Texas Relays. All told, the UTSA men earned six all-conference certificates (two indoor/four outdoor) and they set new school standards in every event he coached.
On the women’s side, Bragg won the program’s first-ever hammer title at the Southland Outdoor after finishing third in the weight throw during the indoor campaign. She set a new school record in the hammer at the Texas Relays and McClanahan established a new indoor shot put standard.
His second season in charge of the throwers saw a total of five new school records and seven student-athletes (five women/two men) that combined to score points 14 times at the Southland Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Leading the way was Garrett Jr., who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships Preliminary Rounds (discus), posted a pair of runner-up performances at the league meets (indoor shot put/discus) and broke both UTSA’s shot put marks. Meanwhile, Bragg earned a silver medal in the hammer at the Southland Outdoor and established new program records in the weight throw and hammer.
In his first campaign, he guided Amber Byars (discus) and Taelor Wilson (shot put) to points at the Southland Outdoor and Indoor, respectively, and the pair also made their mark on the program’s all-time performance charts, moving into the top four in the hammer, weight throw and discus.
In his four seasons in San Marcos, Adams coached Abigail Ruston to 2007 NCAA Outdoor All-America honors in the shot put (second place) and Sara Stultz earned 2006 Southland Conference Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year accolades. All told, Bobcats athletes set five league records and won a total of 14 individual championships under his direction.
Adams was a two-time All-American in both the shot and hammer at Ashland (Ohio) University. The Findlay, Ohio, native earned his bachelor’s degree from Ashland in recreation administration after beginning his career at Kent State, where he was an all-conference performer from 1998-2000. He also earned a silver medal for Team USA at the 2002 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-25 Track & Field Championships and was a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in the shot put.
Adams is married to the former Amber Thompson.