David Adkins, in his fifth year as an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Maryland, has been hired in a player development role with the Washington Wizards. The news was first reported by Michael Lee.
During his five seasons at Maryland, Adkins helped the Terps to a record of 130-38. He helped to achieve four top 4 conference finishes and culminated with a Final Four appearance in 2014. While in College Park, he dramatically improved the games of future pros Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins from under the radar recruits to top 10 WNBA draft picks.
Adkins gained international experience assisting with the Under-19 Team at the Youth Championships in 2006. Prior to Maryland, he coached at powerhouse high school programs DeMatha and Montrose Christian. At those programs he worked with Kevin Durant (currently a free agent), Victor Oladipo and former Maryland legend Greivis Vasquez.
Coach Brenda Frese posted on Twitter her congratulations and posed a question of whether Adkins is making an unprecedented leap from women's assistant directly to the NBA.
Curious? Has any women's asst coach ever made the jump to @nba before?— Brenda Frese (@BrendaFrese) July 11, 2014
As for us, we'll make a great hire. Maryland is very attractive & best place to live, work, go to school, etc. My phone is blowing up.— Brenda Frese (@BrendaFrese) July 11, 2014