|Title:||Head Tennis Coach|
|College:||Shorter University, 1994|
Orville Adams is in his sixth year as men's and women's tennis coach at Shorter University. Adams was a former associate head coach and player under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Walt Attaway, the winningest coach in NAIA tennis history. Adams later started Shorter's women's soccer program and served as its head coach from 2001-05.
Adams previously served as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Shorter from 1994-1997. In June 1997, Adams was hired by the International Tennis Federation as the coordinator of the school initiative tennis program in Trinidad and Tobago. Subsequently, in 1998, he formed the Adams Tennis Academy (ATA) which later merged with the PSA Tennis Academy. As the coordinator of the competitive junior tennis programs, he was able to identify tennis scholarships for several top junior players on the islands to attend colleges and universities in the United States.
Adams also served as the captain and coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Davis Cup team in the late 1990s. During his tenure as Davis Cup captain, the Trinidad and Tobago Davis Cup team gained consecutive promotions each year of competition from American Group IV to the American Group II level of competition.
As a player, Adams lettered at Shorter in all four of his years in tennis and earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Recreation Public Relations in 1994. During his years on the Hill, Adams was named to the NAIA All-American team three times, garnered All-GIAC/NAIA District 25 accolades four times and earned a national singles ranking of No. 5.
Internationally, Adams represented Trinidad and Tobago in Davis Cup competition for six years, won seven national championships in Trinidad and Tobago, was rated as one of the top Caribbean players from 1985-88, participated in satellite tournaments and competed in the World Police and Fire Games in 1985 in San Jose, Calif., and again in 1987 in San Diego, Calif., where he won bronze and silver medals, respectively.
Adams acquired his Master's of Science in Education in 2002 from Jacksonville State University, and his Doctorate of Education degree in Sports Management in 2009 from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Adams is a United States Professional Tennis Association Certified Professional Level 1 coach, a United States Professional Tennis Registry Certified Professional, an International Tennis Federation Certified Level 1, and a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff.