Ron Adams

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Ron Adams
Ron Adams in 2015.jpg
Adams visits the U.S. Department of Defense with the Warriors in 2015.
Golden State Warriors
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1947-11-18) November 18, 1947 (age 69)
Laton, California
Nationality American
Career information
High school Laton (Laton, California)
College Fresno Pacific (1965–1969)
Position Guard
Coaching career 1969–present
Career history
As coach:
1969–1972 Fresno Pacific (assistant)
1972–1975 Fresno Pacific
1975–1976 U.S. International (assistant)
1976–1978 UC Santa Barbara (assistant)
1978–1979 Sunair Ostende
1980–1986 Fresno State (assistant)
1986–1990 Fresno State
1990–1991 UNLV (assistant)
1991–1992 Drake (assistant)
19921994 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
19941996 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
19982003 Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
20032008 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20082010 Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)
20102013 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20132014 Boston Celtics (assistant)
2014–present Golden State Warriors (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

Ronald George Adams (born November 18, 1947)[1] is an American basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

Early life and college career[edit]

A native of Laton, California,[2] Adams graduated from Laton High School.[3] He then played basketball at Fresno Pacific College (now Fresno Pacific University) as a guard for the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in political science and history.[4][5] On September 19, 2011, Adams was inducted into the Fresno Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame. Adams played basketball at Fresno Pacific (1965–69) and began his coaching career there as well (1969–74).[6]

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Fresno Pacific College, Adams became an assistant coach for the basketball team in 1969. Following a 7–20 season in 1971–72, Adams was promoted to be head coach. Fresno Pacific went 19–7 in 1973–74, Adams's second season as head coach.[5] While head coach at Fresno Pacific, Adams completed a master's degree in physical education at California State University, Fresno in 1974.[4]

In 1975, Adams became assistant coach at United States International University. Then from 1976 to 1978, Adams was assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara. He moved up to the professional level, as head coach for Belgian team Sunair Ostende in the 1978–79 season.[7]

From 1980 to 1986, Adams was an assistant coach at Fresno State under Boyd "Tiny" Grant. During this time, Fresno State won the PCAA Tournaments of 1981, 1982, and 1984.[8] Adams took over as head coach after Grant resigned following the 1985–86 season.[4][9] Adams's best season at Fresno State was a 15–14 season in 1988–89; in four seasons, Adams went 43–72.[10]

In 1990, Adams joined Jerry Tarkanian's staff at UNLV, who followed its championship season with an undefeated Big West Conference regular season record and berth in the 1991 Final Four.[7] Adams then was an assistant at Drake for one season, then reunited with Tarkanian to be an assistant under him with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs in 1992.[7][11] After two seasons, Adams joined John Lucas II's staff on the Philadelphia 76ers as assistant coach in 1994. From 1996 to 1998, Adams was a player personnel scout for the Portland Trail Blazers.[4]

In 1998, Adams became an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under George Karl.[7] After five seasons in Milwaukee, Adams became assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls, mostly under Scott Skiles.[4] He then was assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder under Scott Brooks from 2008 to 2010.[12] Afterwards, Adams rejoined the Bulls in 2010 as assistant coach this time under Tom Thibodeau. Following three seasons with the Bulls, Adams became an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics in 2013, under first-year head coach Brad Stevens.[4]

Adams is considered one of the top defensive coaches.[13]

On June 23, 2014, Adams joined the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach under first-year head coach Steve Kerr.[14] The Warriors finished the regular season 67–15 and in first place in the Western Conference. Adams won his first championship after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games of the 2015 NBA Finals.

Ron Adams was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, for coaching basketball, in 2016.[15]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Fresno Pacific Sunbirds (NAIA District 3) (1972–1975)
1972–73 Fresno Pacific 16–13
1973–74 Fresno Pacific 19–7
1974–75 Fresno Pacific 9–16
Fresno Pacific: 44–36
Fresno State Bulldogs (Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference) (1986–1990)
1986–87 Fresno State 9–20 4–14 10th
1987–88 Fresno State 9–19 6–12 9th
1988–89 Fresno State 15–14 9–9 7th
1989–90 Fresno State 10–19 4–14 9th
Fresno State: 43–72 23–49
Total: 87–108


  1. ^ - Search Ron Adams for Coach, Men's Basketball
  2. ^ "Ron Adams, assistant coach". Golden State Warriors 2014-15 Media Guide. Golden State Warriors. 2014. p. 12. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Warszawski, Marek (January 22, 2015). "Valley native Ron Adams has NBA-best Warriors on the defensive". Fresno Bee. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ron Adams". NBA. 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "FPU inducts five new members into Athletic Hall of Fame". Fresno Pacific University. September 19, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ron Adams Hall of Fame Speech". YouTube. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Ron Adams - Assistant coach" (PDF). Milwaukee Bucks 2002-03 Media Guide. Milwaukee Bucks. p. 24. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
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  9. ^ Browne, Jeff (March 17, 1989). "Emotional Grant Leads Rams Against Gators". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
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  12. ^ Mayberry, Darnell (July 12, 2010). "Thunder notebook: Nick Collison on Ron Adams' departure: "It's a big loss for us"". The Oklahoman. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ Baldwin, Mike (February 3, 2009). "NBA: Ron Adams considered one of top defensive coaches". Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Warriors Announce Steve Kerr's Coaching Staff". Golden State Warriors. 3 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame | Home". Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame | Home. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 

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