Coach Terri Adams has been named the new Head Aquatics Coach at East Central and while she’s not new to our family she will be serving in a new role. We had a chance to catch up to her and here’s what she had to say:
Coach Adams: I was born and raised here in SA. I have 4 children (29, 25, 20, 18) & 3 grandchildren (6, 4, 2). When I have time, I like to compete in triathlons. The swimming part of the race is always the easiest for me. My goal is to do a half-ironman & maybe try a Spartan race (running through fire sounds fun).
ECA: And your professional journey?
Coach Adams: Well, my thoughts were that I would work on a cruise ship in the entertainment field after graduating from high school. But my mother had other plans for me! I started my educational career at Southwest Texas (now Tx State) as a dancer, majoring in Business. One semester later, I changed my major to Mathematics and finished up my Bachelor’s Degree at UTSA in 1991. I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling & Guidance from A&M Kingsville in 1998 and my Master’s Degree in Mathematics from UTSA in 2011. In my twenty-four years of teaching, I’ve taught 6th grade – college at six different schools. I truly have had the most rewarding experience as a teacher and I am so very lucky to continue my professional journey here at ECHS.
ECA: Sounds like a very interesting journey. What do you feel has lead you to EC?
Coach Adams: The family type atmosphere is what drew me to want to work here at EC. Because I come from a large family, I knew fitting in here would be very easy for me. I’ve always known I wanted to coach when my kids stopped playing sports. I was able to coach club volleyball because it didn’t interfere with me attending their sporting events. I truly am blessed to be a part of this awesome coaching staff here at EC, I know this is right where I belong.
ECA: Well we happen to agree. What are some unique characteristics that you bring to EC?
Coach Adams: I definitely have a big heart and am very empathetic towards students/athletes. As an athlete, I’ve always had to work hard at my sports. Occasionally, I felt like I had to pick myself up, dust myself off and carry on. So I get it when athletes tell me they really are trying. I feel I have a certain “motherly” way about me that I can get them to understand what they need to do to be successful without them getting down on themselves.
ECA: Supporting our athletes is so important. Thanks for taking time to empathize and relate to your students. Relationships are amazingly important. What can community members, parents, and athletes expect from you as you transition into this new role?
Coach Adams: I am super organized. Players and parents should expect to constantly be updated on the ins and outs of our swim team. They should also expect me to be fair and approachable. I’m always here to help, guide, and educate my awesome student athletes.
ECA: And of course the REALLY important questions…PB&J: Crust or No Crust?
Coach Adams: Always crust…that’s how you learn to whistle isn’t it?
ECA: Mountains or Beach?
Coach Adams: 100% Beach!
ECA: Whole or Skim Milk.
Coach Adams: Fat Free! Loaded with protein and less sugar.
ECA: Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel?
Coach Adams: Wonder Woman… Linda Carter style, of course.
East Central Athletics is so excited to have Coach Adams on staff and that she is able to transition into this role and lead a program. Stay tuned to eastcentralathletics.com for updates on the upcoming swim season. #WeAreEC