Coaching changes on the hardwood for 2016-17 season

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CULLMAN – A husband-wife team will be a feature in Cullman County high school basketball for the 2016-17 season. But they will be coaching at different programs.

Paige Parker-Adams and her husband, Drew Adams, will make their varsity coaching debuts at Holly Pond High School and Good Hope High School, respectively.

The Cullman County Board of Education approved the appointments of the two former standouts.

Parker-Adams takes over at Holly Pond after her father-in-law, Scott Adams, resigned at the end of the school year. She had been on his staff the past two seasons after formerly coaching in the middle school program at Holly Pond.

Parker-Adams was a standout for Tammy West at Cold Springs High School, helping the Lady Eagles win back-to-back AHSAA 2A state championships in 2008 and 2009. She was the winner of the Bill Shelton Award at the 2009 Cullman County Tournament.

Adams is the son of Scott Adams. He won the Joe Shults Award in the 2011 county tournament. Adams coached the girls program at West Point Middle School last season. Adams played for Mitch Morris at Holly Pond.

The young couple had their new teams involved in the Danville basketball play-day series Tuesday at Hartselle for the Holly Pond girls and at Danville for the Good Hope varsity.

Holly Pond suffered a 59-45 loss to West Morgan in its first assignment on the day. The Lady Broncos had games with Danville and Haleyville later in the afternoon and evening.

Good Hope was playing Lindsay Lane of Athens and Falkville in the two games on its last day of this summer hoop series.

Adams recently took the Raiders to a play-day at the University of Mississippi, under the watchful eye of Rebels coach Andy Kennedy.

For Parker-Adams, she will have experience back in sharpshooting guard Ruth Horton, along with Taylor Tankersley, Haley Higginbotham and Molly Gambrill. All started for Holly Pond last season as they won the 3A, Area 10 title, posted 20 wins on the season and got to the sub-regional round of the playoffs.

The only starter Parker-Adams will not have off last season's team is All-County forward Melissa Clingman who graduated.

For Adams and his Good Hope squad, the Raiders were young last season and will be experienced with senior Matt Cofer, one of the top scorers in the county returning along with Blake Lyle, Isaac McDonald, Mason Moniz, Garrett Bagwell, Josh Cofer and Isiah Lemus.

Scott Adams will remain in coaching as part of Mike Bates' football staff at Holly Pond. Adams coached the Broncos from 2001 to 2005, leading them to 30 victories and four playoff berths.

His best team was in 2004 when Holly Pond was 9-2, finishing 6-1 in 2A, Region 7. The Broncos played a playoff game at Holly Pond for the first time in school history that year, but lost to Woodland in the opening round.

Holly Pond will compete in area basketball with Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington and Susan Moore out of Blount County in Class 3A.

Good Hope will be in a three-team area in 4A with Cordova and Dora out of Walker County.