Luke Adams joins the technical basketball team

Lubbock, Texas – Luke Adams has been appointed Director of Player Development for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team after a successful career as a head coach at New Mexico Junior College over the past four seasons. Adams, who played a Red Raiders guard from 2012 to 2015 and was a pick for the academy’s All-Big 12 first team, joins the Red Raider program led by his father, the head coach. Mark Adams.

“It’s really exciting to come back and have a chance to make an impact on the show,” said Luke Adams. “I have enjoyed and gained a lot of experience coaching at the junior college level. It has helped me develop as a coach and learn how to help build a winning culture. This is a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to train with my parents and work together in the same hole. We have always enjoyed speaking With each other about our teams but now to be on the same team officially is really nice.”

Luke Adams led New Mexico Junior College to 63 wins in three seasons of competition as a head coach, including going 19-13 overall and 10-6 in conference play last season. The 2020-21 season for the NMJC has been canceled due to COVID. His team advanced to the semi-finals in the fifth region to finish last season and finished third in the conference standings. During his coaching career, Luke Adams had 14 players in all conferences, two Americans, eight picks from all regions, and helped 41 student-athletes sign up to play Division I college basketball.

“Luke loves Texas Tech as much as I do and wants to do everything he can to help our program win,” he said. Mark Adams who led Tech to the 2022 Sweet 16 Championship and scored 18-0 at home in his first season as head coach of the program. “He is a really hardworking worker and he has shown such dedication during his time in junior college coaching. His junior college coaching roles have given him a wealth of experience that he can bring back here to help our players develop to their full potential. I am really excited to bring him back here and have the opportunity to work with him.” .

In his first 2018-19 season, Adams led the Thunderbirds to a record 21-10, including defeating two top-10 teams before moving on 23-9 and reaching again the semifinals of the Regional Championship in 2019-20. He finished his career as the head coach of the program with an impressive record 63-32.

The Thunderbirds also reached the District 5 Championship in their first season where they advanced to the semifinals. The Thunderbirds finished 12th in the country in points for just 66.3 points per game. Adams has coached four players signed with Division 1 programs including Ryan Murphy (Pittsburgh), Sean Rea (Texas Rio Grande Valley), Darnell Rogers (UMBC), and Hal Elisias (Bryant). Gideon George was selected and selected for all convention members, all districts, and the WJCAC New Year Student.

Prior to coming to the NMJC, Adams spent one season as an assistant coach at Seward County, working under head coach Jason Sutter. While in Seward County, Adams worked with a program that finished 14th at Jayhawk West in 2017 and propelled them to 8th with an all-new squad of 11 freshmen and two sophomores. The Saints had their first home playoff in four years, defeating Butler 63-61 to advance to the quarterfinals of the District Six Championship for the first time since 2015. Seward had one of the biggest final turnovers in the country as he finished 18-14 on the season, an improvement of nine gains over the previous year.

Adams also previously spent two seasons at South Plains College, coaching under legendary coach Steve Green for the Texas team. South Plains placed third in the NJCAA National Championship after a 29-0 regular season finish. In two seasons with the Texans, Adams assisted the program with an overall record score of 53-11.

As a collegiate coach, he helped four players be named New Player of the Year in Mohamed Mbaye (NMJC), Gideon George (NMJC), Jordan Prangers (SPC) and Jeron Love (SPC).

During his football career, Adams played four seasons in Tech for Billy Gillispie and Tubby Smith. He played in 64 games, including seven rookie games in the Big 12. He scored a career high of 15 points against Kansas State. He reached Lubbock after earning All-State Honors at Big Spring High School, averaging 26.9 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.8 steals per game as a senior. He was a Class 3A scoring champ during that season and ranked sixth across Texas in points per game.

Adams also starred in the US Deaf Team, participating in the 2013 Deaf Olympics in Bulgaria, helping the team achieve a bronze medal while averaging 10 points per game for Team USA.

Luke Adams is a Texas Tech University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science and a Master of Science in Sports Management.