Sarah Adams


Organizational President &
Coach 

VOLUNTEER BIO: 

Coach Adams serves as the Organization President and Head Coach for Stealth Softball.  She is in her 8th year - providing leadership and training to competitive softball players from the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities.  Her efforts have culminated in a systematic approach to player development capable of competing at the collegiate level.  Her training has resulted in 38 collegiate softball commitments since the first graduating class in 2010.  Coach Adams uses her continued involvement with collegiate competition, training, and networking to build the best environment for those committed softball players wearing the Stealth uniform.

PROFESSIONAL BIO:

Sarah Adams is currently the National Softball Manager for BOWNET Sports.  Her affiliation with Bownet and regular contact with softball vendors and college coaches enable her to expand Bownet sales and support the Steath mission.

In June of 2015, Adams accepted a position as a field representative for Bownet.  The opportunity meant a full-time shift in duties from collegiate coaching to sports industry.  She would be responsible for serving the southern California region in softball and baseball sales; and expanding Bownet's market to hot spots throughout the nation.  She used her connections to other softball equipment retailers to ensure site sales locations offered a wide variety of options to customers.

Previously, Adams served four years as the Head Coach for Pioneer Softball at the University of Antelope Valley (UAV).  Under her direction, the program earned the right to move up to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).  UAV was aligned under the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) and played against other independent NAIA programs on the east and west coast.  Adams duties at UAV also included Sports Information Director while serving as a professor on the UAV faculty. 

In 2013, Adams led the Pioneers to a 17-1 conference record, its third straight Southern Pacific (SoPac) Conference title, and the university’s first-ever National Championship.  Pioneer Softball, which boasted 6 seniors, fought their way through a tough tournament to win the National Club Softball Association (NCSA) World Series in Columbus, GA.  With leadership and training from Adams, Pioneer junior catcher, Alex Valdivia was selected World Series MVP; and senior utility player Cassandra Rodriguez, finished the season ranked first in the nation in RBIs.  The program’s consistent performance and Adams’ yearlong efforts helped to usher in the new era of NAIA competition for the following season.

In 2012, Pioneer Softball made noise early and often resulting in their being ranked no less than seventh and as high as third in the country by the monthly NCSA coaches national poll.  The Pioneers used that momentum to repeat as SoPac Conference Champions, qualifying for the World Series for the second straight year.  Adams and the Pioneers entered bracket play as the overall No. 1 seed, after going undefeated in pool play.  The Pioneers would finish their season ranked seventh in the nation after being eliminated by eventual Runner-up, University of Illinois.

In 2011, Adams was recruited from the Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) to establish UAV’s first ever sports team, women’s softball.  Despite working with a program she had to build from the ground up, the infant athletic program exceeded all expectations by nabbing the SoPac Conference Softball Championship in its inaugural season.   In fact, Pioneer softball went undefeated enroute to its first conference title.   With Adams’ leadership, the team went on to make history as it battled in its first post-season run, finishing Runner-up in the NCSA World Series. 

Prior to entering the collegiate Head Coaching ranks, Adams was a teacher within the AVUHSD.  She served as Assistant Coach, Varsity Softball for Lancaster High School in Lancaster, CA (2008), and Head Coach, Varsity Softball for Littlerock High School in Littlerock, CA (2004-2007).  During her tenure at the high school level, Adams coached multiple All-League, All-Valley, All-Conference, All-Area, All-State, and All-American softball players to include Shawna Wright (University of Washington).  Adams served as the Assistant Coach of Softball for Antelope Valley College during the 2002-2003 season.  Adams began her coaching career at the high school level where she served as the Banning High School Head Coach for Varsity Softball and Varsity Volleyball from 2000-2001.  

Adams was signed by Southern Utah University (SUU) on a full athletic scholarship where she majored in Physical Education and minored in Psychology.  A 2-year letter winner, Adams is listed in the SUU softball record books for earning Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American and Second Team All-Mid-Con West Division Softball Team her senior year (1999); and First Team All-Mid-Con West Division Softball Team her junior year (1998).  Adams graduated with a Masters Degree in Kinesiology.  

Recruited out of high school as a catcher, Adams accepted a full athletic scholarship to Eastern Arizona College, where she earned her Associates Degree and Second Team All-Conference Softball Team honors her sophomore year.  

Adams is a native of Tempe, Arizona; and a graduate of Corona Del Sol High School.  A true student of the game, Adams has served as a clinician for Just Softball, Southern California’s premier softball training program since 2005.  She continues as Assistant Tournament Director for the prestigious Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, CA and Cal State Fullerton tournaments - the sites for preseason competition between NCAA Division 1 softball programs.