Corin “Tiny” Adams became the sixth female assistant coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history when she took a job with Loyola University Maryland prior to the 2020-2021 season. She most recently served on the Morgan State University men’s basketball staff.
The former point guard is a Morgan State basketball legend. The 5-foot-5 Adams is the school’s all-time leader in points (2,058), assists (455), and steals (404) among men and women. She posted the first-ever triple-double in the history of the women’s program with 11 points, 10 assists and 11 steals in a 2007 game against North Carolina Central.
Adams was the 2010 MEAC Player of the Year, a three-time first-team All-MEAC honoree from 2008-2010 and was a member of the MEAC all-rookie and all-tournament teams in 2007. After graduating, she played professionally overseas with stops in Portugal, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Chile, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Greece and Puerto Rico.
“Upon retiring from playing overseas professionally in 2017, I kind of made that decision then that this is something that I wanted to do,” Adams said on Glenn Clark Radio Oct. 2. “You know, essentially, when you’re 20-plus years in a game you naturally want to coach it and really pass down the lessons you’ve learned to the next generation.”
“I thought it was very easy to get on a collegiate staff, so once I realized it wasn’t, I began putting a three- to five-year plan into motion where I was going to build my resume and build my network,” she added.
Adams co-founded T3 Sports, Inc. in 2014, a nonprofit that helps young women overcome struggles that prevent them from reaching optimal physical and psychological development. She has sponsored free basketball camps and other seminars to help empower women. She also founded Leader Breeders, a nonprofit in Baltimore to help the youth discover leadership qualities and identify their academic, entrepreneurial and athletic talents and strengths.
In 2019-20, Adams served as the video coordinator for the Morgan State men’s basketball team. She helped head coach Kevin Broadus lead the team to a 15-16 mark overall and a 9-7 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. She was also a volunteer coach with the boys’ program at Poly from 2016-2018.
Prior to joining the Morgan State staff, Adams attended multiple NCAA tournament games and contacted many different female coaches for advice. Those coaches included Nancy Lieberman, who became the first woman to coach a professional men’s basketball team with the Texas Legends prior to being hired as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings. Adams also spoke to Edniesha Curry, the assistant coach of the University of Maine men’s basketball team as well as Jarita Crump, an assistant coach at Division II Shaw University.
“I’ve made it my duty to reach out to those that have either done it or are currently doing it,” Adams said. “So between getting their insight and seeing it happen more and more in the NBA, it was something that I knew was within reach.”
“When I came back from the Final Four, I decided to mail out notes — handwritten notes — a copy of my book and my resume to all of the schools within two hours, just basically introducing myself and kind of asking if I would be able to sit in on a practice and things of that nature,” she added. “When I went to the Final Four, in addition to meeting Coach Curry, I met Coach Broadus.”
She is currently set to be one of two female assistant coaches at the men’s Division I level during the 2020-21 season along with Curry.
“People are becoming more comfortable with it because of how successful these women are in these roles, just really showing that it doesn’t really matter about your gender. It’s just all about your basketball knowledge and your passion for this game,” Adams said.
“My ultimate goal is to actually become the first female head coach to coach for a team to the Final Four,” she added. “This opportunity is going to be a great stepping stone and opportunity to grow for me so I’m definitely excited.”
For more from Adams, listen to the full interview here:
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