Hobbs Adams

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Hobbs Adams
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1902-11-02)November 2, 1902
San Diego, California
Died September 24, 2002(2002-09-24) (aged 99)
Playing career
1923–1925 USC
1924–1925 USC
Position(s) End (football)[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1935–1939 USC (assistant)
1940–1941 Kansas State
1946 Kansas State
Head coaching record
Overall 4–21–2

John Hobbs Adams (November 2, 1902 – September 24, 2002) was an American football player and coach.[2] He served two tenures as football coach for the Kansas State Wildcats (separated by his service in World War II) and also coached high school football in San Diego.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Adams grew up in San Diego and attended San Diego High School, where he starred in football, baseball, basketball and track, before graduating in 1922.[2] Adams went on to play at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he captained the 1925 Trojan football team and also played baseball.[3]

While playing on the USC football team in 1924, he was a key player[4] that helped the team defeat Syracuse by score of 16–0,[5] where future Kansas State head coach Pappy Waldorf was playing (Adams would later hold the head coaching position at Kansas State).

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coaching[edit]

Prior to coaching at Kansas State, Adams was an assistant coach at the University of Southern California (USC) for five seasons[6] under Howard Jones.[7]

Kansas State[edit]

Adams was the 18th head football coach for the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kansas and he held that position for three seasons: 1940, 1941, and then again in 1946 (Ward Haylett and Lud Fiser were head coaches from 1942 through 1945).[8] His overall coaching record at Kansas State was 4–21–2. The bright spots in his coaching career included a 1940 victory over the cross-state rival Kansas Jayhawks by a score of 20–0[9] and a 12–6 victory in the 1941 season over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kansas State Wildcats (Big Six Conference) (1940–1941)
1940 Kansas State 2–7 1–4 5th
1941 Kansas State 2–5–2 1–3–1 5th
Kansas State Wildcats (Big Six Conference) (1946)
1946 Kansas State 0–9 0–5 6th
Kansas State: 4–21–2 2–12–1
Total: 4–21–2


  1. ^ Berkeley Daily Gazette Nov 29, 1924
  2. ^ a b c "Hobbs Adams: San Diego Hall of Champions" (English). Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Berkeley Daily Gazette "Trojans to Start Baseball Practice" February 16, 1924
  4. ^ The Afro American "Colored Star Beat Syracuse" December 20, 1924
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Syracuse Yearly Results
  6. ^ The Rock Hill Herald "Birds-Kansas Clash Saturday" November 6, 1940
  7. ^ Berkeley Daily Gazette "Kansas State Hires Adams as Grid Coach" February 24, 1940
  8. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Hobbs Adams Named Kansas State Coach" February 24, 1940
  9. ^ College Football Data Warehouse 1940 Kansas State Football results
  10. ^ College Football Data Warehouse 1941 Kansas State Football results