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Union Grove hires Adams as athletic director, head footbal coach

By Christina Lane clane@etcnonline.com
April 10, 2012 at 2:23 a.m.


UNION GROVE - The Union Grove ISD school board on Monday night unanimously voted to hire Roger Adams as the district's athletic director and head football coach. He received a Union Grove T-shirt, keys to the school and will start work today.

Adams spent the past four years as the head football coach and athletic director at New Diana, where he compiled a 17-23 record. The Eagles finished 1-9 in 2011. Adams' best season at New Diana was 2009, when he led them to a 7-3 record.

"He has a passion for kids and a passion for athletics," Union Grove Superintendent Brian Gray said. "He has East Texas ties. We feel very fortunate to have him."

Union Grove hired Adams to a two-year contract that takes effect today. Trustees allowed Gray to negotiate a salary with Adams.

Adams replaces Marty Moore, who served as Union Grove's head football coach and athletic director for the past 10 years. Moore led the Lions to a 37-63 record. The district received 53 applications for the position.

Adams said the choice to come to Union Grove was easy.

"First of all, I know what kind of a district this is," he said. "Union Grove has great facilities and great people to work for. The administration continually upgrades its facilities, and the school district's reputation speaks for itself. I am honored to be here. It's a dream. This is my 31st year coaching, but it's been a short 31 years. With this administration and the facilities, I'm just ecstatic to be here."

Adams faces the task of snapping Union Grove's four-plus-decade playoff drought. The Lions' last postseason appearance was 1968. Moore twice guided Union Grove to a 6-4 record (2005 and 2009), accounting for half of the Lions' winning seasons since 1980.

Adams previously held the same dual roles at Hallsville from 1998 through 2004. Adams guided the Bobcats to a 45-31 record as they reached the playoffs three times in seven seasons. Hallsville's 9-4 record in 1999 is its only nine-win season since 1973 and earned Adams the News-Journal's All-East Texas Coach of the Year honor.

Adams served as a Hallsville assistant for three years before receiving the promotion to head coach and athletic director. Before that, he served as a Kilgore assistant from 1981 to 1995. Adams is a 1977 Kilgore High School graduate. He played fullback, nose guard and linebacker for the Bulldogs before playing nose guard at Kilgore College in 1977-78. He played linebacker and special teams for Stephen F. Austin State for two years.

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