Ola Adams begins his third year with the Wildcats in 2017, and will be in his first season as the team’s Special Teams Coordinator and cornerbacks coach. He worked with the Villanova running backs for the past two seasons. From a recruiting standpoint, Adams handles a number of local high schools in addition to the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area primarily and North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia nationally. He was also serve as the program’s pro liaison.
Adams coached All-CAA running backs in each of his first two seasons on the Main Line. Sophomore Aaron Forbes was a third team selection in 2016 after leading the team with 799 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Forbes had a pair of 100-yard games, including a career-high 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a win over Albany. He also had one receiving touchdown on the year and led Villanova with 54 points. Senior running back Gary Underwood was a first team All-CAA selection and an All-ECAC honoree in 2015 during Adams’ first year with the Wildcats.
He came to Villanova from Columbia University where he was the wide receivers coach in 2014. Prior to his year at Columbia, Adams was the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Cortland State. During his three years at Cortland, the Red Dragons tallied a 24-9 overall record and earned a NCAA playoff bid in 2012. In 2013, his defense ranked in the top 30 nationally in six different categories, while in 2011 his defense was ranked nationally in the top 35 in eight separate categories. Prior to spending one seasons (2010) as the secondary coach at Glenville State College, Adams had his first stint at Cortland as the defensive backs coach in 2009. He began his coaching career as the assistant defensive backs coach at Concord University in 2008.
Adams has also participated in the NFL minority internship program. In 2014, he was the minority intern for defense (secondary) for the San Francisco 49ers, while in 2013 he served as the minority internship with the Chicago Bears (defensive line). Also, in 2013, he participated in the NFL Coaching Academy.
As a player, Adams was a four-year starter at Concord University where he was the No. 7 rated Division II free safety in 2008. A three-time All-WVIAC honoree, including two years earning first team honors, Adams served as a team captain during his senior campaign. He also earned All-Northeast Region honors on two occasions. His career stats include 283 tackles, 29 pass break-ups, 14 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, five fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles. Adams, who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Tourism Management in 2008, also ran track at Concord and was the 2006 WVIAC triple jump runner-up.
Adams is single and resides in Philadelphia, Pa.