The first full time Athletic Director in Stevenson's history, Adams' arrival coincided with the Mustangs' leap to NCAA Division III at the start of the 1994-95 academic year. That year, Adams oversaw an 11-sport department and quickly committed himself to growth in order to provide students with the opportunity to compete.
Since then, Stevenson has added 14 more sports and now
boasts 25 intercollegiate sports with the addition of football
(2011), women's ice hockey (2012-13) and men's and women's swimming
In addition, Adams spearheaded the Mustangs' move from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (2004-07) and the Capital Athletic Conference (2007-11) to its current membership in the Middle Atlantic Conferences. He also was instrumental in the founding of the Continental Volleyball Conference for the men's volleyball team.
Adams played a major role in launching the NEAC, serving as the first chairman of the Athletic Directors' Committee and as the Executive Committee's chairman from 2004-06. In its three years in the conference, Stevenson won the conference's President's Cup all three seasons.
In five seasons in the CAC, the Mustangs won conference championships in men's lacrosse (2010), women's soccer (2010) and men's golf (2011).
Since joining the MAC in 2012, Stevenson has won two championships in women's volleyball titles (2012, 2013) and men's lacrosse (2013, 2014) as well as one in men's golf (2013) and women's lacrosse (2014).
Adams' career in intercollegiate athletics began shortly after his graduation from York College of Pennsylvania where he was a three-year member of the men's basketball program, serving as co-captain during the 1989-90 season.
Following his graduation, he remained at his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1989-94. During that time, the Spartans were regionally ranked in four of his five seasons and nationally ranked for two. In addition, Adams also served as head women's tennis coach, receiving CAC Coach of the Year honors in 1994.
Adams served as the head men's basketball coach at Stevenson for 17 years from 1994 to 2011 totaling 138 wins. He led the Mustangs to two-straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship in 2006 and 2007 as well as the Pride of Maryland Championship in 2005.