By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This is a special time for Kyle Adams.
A Cheyney University alum, who most recently had served as an assistant for the Lady Wolves, was recently named the new head women’s basketball coach for the Division II program.
“Some people have a desire to coach at a Kentucky or a North Carolina, I always wanted to return to Cheyney,” Adams tells KYW Newsradio. “I feel like we have a great deal of very strong history and tradition here. I always wanted to have an opportunity to get back and to have the chance to further it. So this is an amazing, amazing experience right now.
Cheyney is coming off a difficult season that saw them win just one game, but Adams has a definite plan for his team.
“We will be relentless in our mission to restore Lady Wolves basketball,” Adams says. “We will be relentless in how we go about our daily lives, we will be relentless in the classroom, seek the best scholastic average that we can.
“On the basketball floor we’re going to be relentless in how we approach the game,” Adams adds. “We want to be really aggressive defensively, but at the same time we want to be aggressive and relentless offensively. I want to create a style that kids enjoy playing, that people want to come watch. I want our kids flying around, being really aggressive and playing with a passion for the game. Playing with an intensity and a love for each other. I’m excited about our staff creating that culture here at Cheyney.”
Adams has served at an assistant coach with several other programs, including Lincoln University, Community College of Philadelphia and the University of Rio Grande. He talks about the roots of his desire to coach.
“As an undergrad here at Cheyney, I got an opportunity to be a manager here,” Adams says. “When I came to Cheyney, I had all intentions of becoming a teacher. My high school coaches made huge impressions on my life, so I kind of figured that I may coach high school and teach. But as I got the opportunity to manage here, and then as an undergrad I was asked to coach some different intramural teams and do some different things and it kind of started the bug.
“I always have viewed myself as an educator. I feel like I’m still an educator, the basketball court is my classroom.”
Adams replaces Marilyn Stephens at Cheyney.
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