LHS girls basketball coach named 2017 Coach of the Year

LHS girls basketball coach named 2017 Coach of the Year
Posted on 02/22/2018

Rob Adams, Lynden’s varsity girls basketball coach, already knew after the 2017 season that he was named the Washington 2A state Coach of the Year. It took until this season, though, for word to get out that he was named the Washington State Coach of the Year for all classifications.

Adams, currently in his 11th season leading the Lions, has amassed a total record of 209 wins and 71 losses. The 2018 team enters the 2A State Regional round as the state’s seventh-seeded team. The 2017 team won the 2A state.

In the 11 seasons under Adams, the Lions have qualified for state all but one year and played in the state championship game three times, winning twice. In all, Adams’ nine (the 10th is happening this season) appearances at the state tournament have resulted in seven trophies, two for first, one for second, one for third, one for fifth and two for sixth.

“The reality is Rob pushes our kids hard, but they are mentally tougher and physically tougher,” says Mike McKee, LHS athletic director. “He puts them in great spots and gets a ton out of him. I am really proud of him and really excited he represents us.”

Adams has also been named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year three times and coached in the state’s All-State Game one time.

“Every once in a while we are lucky and get a Coach of the Year award,” McKee says. “Then when you win (all classifications), it is just special. I’m glad Rob is on our team.”