Date: April 17, 2019
By: Eric Leary
On today’s edition of On the Field, Chris Adams joins us to give a brief overview of his career, the season and much more. He is the head baseball coach at Ledford High School in Davidson County.
At this point of the 2019 season how would you say it’s going? Based on your pre-season expectations how is your team’s progress towards those goals it may have set?
We are pleased to be 16-1 at this point in the season and at the top of our conference standings. We have four very difficult conference games left and quite a bit can still happen. Our goal continues to be win the regular season championship and earn the highest possible seed we can heading into the state playoffs.
Weather is always an issue for baseball. This season has definitely presented some challenges. How have you adapted to the weather?
We are fortunate to have a nice indoor hitting facility that we can visit off campus. We have also tried to do as much as we can in the gym. Nothing beats being on the field and getting live practice but our kids have adapted as well as can be expected with all of the indoor practices we have had to have this season.
Who are the the players in your program going on to play at the next level? Also, who on your team deserves to get some attention from those looking for top players?
Chris Villaman and Noah Soles have both committed to NC State University. Tyler Smith has committed to Averett University. Jake Stroud is still undecided. I think we have quite a few young players that may eventually get opportunities moving forward.
How long have you been the head baseball coach at Ledford High School? And what other stops or sports have you made on your coaching journey? Additionally, who have been some influences in your coaching development?
Head Baseball Coach From 2002-2008 and 2014-2019.
Head Football Coach From 2010-Present
Head Baseball Coach at High Point Central 1995-1997
I have relied on many different coaches to help get me to where I am today. Some of the most influential have been Kenny Angel, Gary Whitman, Rick Larrick, Kenny Carter, Danny Thomas, Cliff Butcher, Dickie Cline and Rob Shore.
Who have been some of the most memorable players and teams you’ve had the opportunity to coach? What makes them stand out?
All of the teams I have coached have been memorable in their own way and generally successful. The 2003, 2008 and 2016 teams all advanced to the Regional Finals. Of course, the most memorable team would be last year’s team which advanced to the state finals for the first time in school history.
Rivalries and competition can sometimes be intense. But good coaches recognize and appreciate an opponent who brings out the best in them. Which teams and coaches in your career have you found to be the most challenging to face?
We had some battles with East Rutherford and Coach Reynolds in the 2003 and 2008 Regional Finals. North Davidson has always been a tough opponent for us under Coach Meadows and Coach Griffin. We had some great playoff games with Coach Hodge and his Shelby Crest teams. Of course, I gained a high amount of respect for Coach Harwood and the Whiteville program after playing them last year in the state finals. Earlier in my career Coach Goodson at West Stokes, Coach Kesler at North Rowan, Coach Tricarico at East Davidson and Coach Brown at Central Davidson were always tough teams and tough coaches to compete against.
What is your favorite part of practice?
Working on defensive situations with live runners and a coach hitting balls. I also enjoy our coach pitch scrimmages where we can work on different situations both offensively and defensively.
What is your favorite position or skill to coach? Favorite drill?
I enjoy working with all of the position players. I spend a lot of time with the pitchers and catchers during the preseason. I probably spend more time with the Infielders than any other group once the season starts.
My favorite drill is working with the hitters in the cage while I am throwing front toss.
What does your program do on game day that is unique or special?
Each player takes an “All In” chip before we start our warm up process. They keep the chip in their pocket and turn it in when we have our final team meeting signifying they are “All In” with the team and whatever it takes to win.
What is your favorite uniform and hat look for your program?
White Pants, Black Top, White Hat
- When your team is hitting – coach 3B or dugout? Dugout
- When you give signals to hitters – signs or wrist bands? Both
- When your guy hits a HR – high five or fist bump? Depends on the situation
- When you are in uniform – ankle length pants or high socks? ankle length
- When you reach in your back pocket – stopwatch or no stopwatch? the stopwatch is either in my pocket or tied to the fence
- When you are marking your field – chalk or painted lines? painted lines
We appreciate you taking the time to share with us Coach Adams! We’ll be tracking you and your program as the 2019 season rolls on!