Mark Adams

Mark Adams (born May 14, 1956)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: East Carolina Pirates (Head coach: Michael Schwartz)
Current conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC, The American)
Teams coached: Wayland Baptist Pioneers, West Texas A&M Buffaloes, Texas-Pan American Broncs, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Wayland Baptist record: 100-39 (.719)
West Texas A&M record: 110-40 (.730)
Texas-Pan American record: 44-90 (.328)
Texas Tech record: 43-25 (.632)
Overall record^: 297-194 (.605)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2022)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (2022)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Lonestar (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  1  (1991)
  • Lonestar (Div II) Tournament Champion: (1990, 1991)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  2  (1990, 1991)
  • NAIA Division I National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1985)
  • NAIA Division I Tournament Appearances:  2  (1985, 1986, 1987)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present East Carolina (asst)
2021-2023 Texas Tech
2019-2021 Texas Tech (assoc. HC)
2016-2019 Texas Tech (asst)
2015-2016 Little Rock (asst)
2013-2015 Texas Tech (DBO)
2004-2013 Howard College
1992-1997 Texas-Pan American
1987-1992 West Texas A&M
1983-1987 Wayland Baptist
1981-1982 Clarendon College

Mark Adams Facts

  • Mark Adams
  • Born May 14, 1956
  • Hometown: Brownfield, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Texas Tech University (BA, 1979)
  • Graduated from Brownfield HS (TX) just outside of Lubbock and went to Texas Tech, the hometown school
  • Started his coaching career at Clarendon College (TX), then spent four years as head coach at NAIA Wayland Baptist (TX)
    • Took WBU to three NAIA Tournaments, finishing as Runner-up in 1985, and went 100-39 overall as head coach
  • Hired in 1987 to take over at West Texas A&M, going 110-40 in five seasons and appearing in the D-II NCAA Tournament twice
  • Moved up to Division I in 1992, spending the next five years as the head coach at UT-Pan American (now known as UTRGV)
    • Was just 44-90 at UTPA, only finishing above .500 once and going just 3-25 in his final season (1996-97)
  • In 2004, Adams became the head coach at Howard College (NJCAA) in Big Springs, TX; won 233 games over nine seasons
    • Won the NJCAA National Championship in 2010 and was named NCJAA National Coach of the Year
  • Hired by Tubby Smith in 2013 to be director of basketball operations at his alma mater, Texas Tech
  • Joined Chris Beard‘s staff as an assistant coach at Little Rock in 2015, then followed him back to Tech a year later
    • Spent five years under Beard at Texas Tech, getting elevated to associate head coach in 2019
    • Played a key role with four NCAA Tournament teams (three at TTU), including the Red Raiders’ 2019 National Runner-up finish
  • In April 2021, following Beard’s departure to Texas, Adams was elevated to head coach at Texas Tech
    • Went 27-10 in his first season, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in the 2022 NCAA Tournament
    • Adams was suspended in March 2023 following allegations that he had made an inappropriate, unacceptable, and racially insensitive remark to a player the week prior
    • Several days later, despite the remark being deemed unintentional, Adams announced his resignation
  • Hired in July 2023 to be an assistant at East Carolina under head coach Michael Schwartz

Mark Adams Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA levels only