TriCounty Community Guide 50 Greatest Sports Figures in the Tri-County - Page 4

Jack Adams Adams Adams graduated in 1952 from Hazel Green High School where he starred on the basketball team. He played in the fi rst East-West All-Star Game. After high school Adams attended Eastern Kentucky State College from 1952-56 on a basketball scholarship and in 1956 had his jersey No. 40 retired. In 1988 he was named to the all-time Ohio Valley Conference basketball team. In 1956 he served three years as an active U.S. Army offi cer, and in 1959 played on the Armed Forces All-Star team and Pan American team. From 1959 to 1962 he played in the NIBL league and then returned to reach and coach at Eastern Kentucky University. He received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky and attained his rank of professor at Eastern Kentucky University. Adams Larry “Cotton” Adams In 1960, Adams played on Corbin’s last undefeated team while participating on 1962’s state runner-up squad. He also spent 13 years as an assistant coach under former coach Archie Powers. During Adams’ years as an assistant coach, Corbin won the state title in both 1976 and 1980 and was runner-up in 1977. Adams was named head coach at Corbin in 1981 and guided the Redhounds to a state championship in 1982 and a state runner-up fi nish in 1990 while compiling an overall 114-46 record. 4 | 50 GREATEST SPORTS FIGURES