Hope, center, with Steven Campbell and Dr. Mary Graham

For seven seasons, Hope Adams has been the guiding force behind the women’s basketball team at MGCCC and her impact continues to resonate within the program and beyond. With an impressive track record and a commitment to excellence, Adams has cemented her reputation as a standout coach in the world of junior college basketball.

Last year, under Adams’ leadership, the MGCCC women’s team soared to the NJCAA Region 23 Semifinals, setting the stage for what has been another remarkable season this year.  This year, Gulf Coast won its first MACCC title since 2000 and first region championship since 1977.

With an outstanding record of 23-4 overall and an impressive 13-1 in conference play, Gulf Coast has emerged as a dominant force in their league. Their remarkable run includes an impressive 11-game winning streak, showcasing both their skill and resilience on the court. Averaging 71 points per game, with an equally impressive 71.4 points per game in conference play, Adams’ team has consistently demonstrated their offensive skills and defensive tenacity.

Adams’ coaching ability has not gone unnoticed, as she was rightfully named the MACCC Co-Coach of the Year for the second time this season. This prestigious accolade is a testament to Adams’ exceptional leadership and the positive impact she has had on her team’s success. Her previous recognition in 2018-19, when she led Gulf Coast to a Region 23 runner-up finish, only further solidifies her standing as one of the most respected coaches in the region.

But Adams’ journey to coaching excellence extends far beyond her achievements on the sidelines. A former standout player herself, Adams honed her skills at the University of Memphis before earning recognition as a first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23 selection at Northwest Mississippi. Her collegiate journey also took her to Union University, where she played a vital role in the team’s remarkable 31-2 season, culminating in an appearance in the NAIA national championship game. Her stellar performance earned her All-TranSouth Conference honors at Union.

Off the court, Adams’ dedication to personal and professional growth is equally impressive. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Union University and a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Bethel University, Adams brings a unique blend of expertise to her coaching role. Additionally, as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, she understands the importance of holistic player development, both physically and mentally.

Beyond her coaching responsibilities, Adams plays an active role in shaping the future of basketball as the MACCC coaches committee chairperson for men’s and women’s basketball. Her commitment to the sport extends beyond the confines of her own team, as she works tirelessly to support and uplift coaches across the conference.

Despite her demanding schedule, Adams remains grounded by her role as a mother to three children: Jayden Curtis, Janila Curtis, and Jaycee Curtis. Balancing the demands of coaching with her family responsibilities is no easy feat, yet Adams approaches each role with the same unwavering dedication and passion that defines her coaching style.

In every aspect of her life, Hope Adams exemplifies what it means to lead with passion, experience, and success. As she continues to inspire her team and elevate the game of basketball, her legacy as a coach and mentor will undoubtedly endure for years to come.