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Adams named baseball coach at Ledford


Chris Adams has a full plate right now as Ledford’s football coach in getting prepared for the upcoming 2013 season as well as running a youth football camp at the school this week.

Business is about to pick up even more for Adams.

Adams has been named to be Ledford’s baseball coach, Principal Jonathan Brown announced Monday. Adams will also remain as Ledford’s football coach.

“It’s a busy time and it’s an exciting time,” Adams said. “That makes it fun.”

This is Adams’ second stint as baseball coach at Ledford. Adams twice took the Panthers to the 2-A state semifinals before leaving in 2008 to become an assistant principal at Central Davidson. In seven years as coach of the Panthers, Adams was 134-60 and was Central Carolina Conference coach of the year four times. His overall record as a baseball coach is 170-88.

It’s those kind of numbers that get a principal’s attention.

“We’ve talked in the last couple of weeks,” Brown said. “He had an interest in doing it. Obviously, I went to him. I know what we’re getting there. I coached against him and I know it is double duty with football and baseball. But if anybody can do it, I know he can.”

It’s a bit of uncharted territory, too, coaching both sports.

“I can’t say much about it because I’ve never done it and I don’t anybody who’s ever done it,” Adams said. “The thing is you surround yourself with good people and we’ve got a great group of coaches here. I’ve got great assistants in football and I know I will in baseball, too.”

Adams expects to have the father-son combination of Danny Thomas and David Thomas helping him with baseball. Danny Thomas has extensive coaching experience and David Thomas played for Adams on Ledford’s 2003 state semifinal team. David Thomas went on to a stellar career at Catawba and played four years of professional baseball.

The position became open when former coach Kemp Smith, who replaced Adams in 2009, resigned to become an assistant principal at East Davidson.

“That season we had in ‘08, that was a special season,” Adams said. “I thought that, maybe, that would be a good time to get out and not do it any more, whatever. When you stay away from it for a time you start missing it.”

Ledford’s success in the sport was something Adams remembered fondly.

“We did have a lot of success and we were lucky,” Adams said. “We had a lot of good coaches. We put in a lot of hard work. It wasn’t something that happened overnight.”

Adams returned to the coaching ranks and Ledford in 2010, taking over the Panther football program when Chuck Henderson, who is now at Lexington, left to become Asheboro’s coach.

At the same time, Adams still yearned for baseball and let Brown know about it. Brown didn’t need a whole of persuading.

“Any time you’ve got a guy on your staff who’s been coach of the year several times and has taken his teams deep in the playoffs ...” Brown said. “I think it would be kind of crazy for me not to go after him.”

Though he has been out of the game several years, Adams says his approach is the same.

“We’re going to try to have good pitching and play some good defense and try to figure out a way to scratch across a few runs,” Adams said. “I’m excited. I think we have a good group of kids.”



Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or mike.duprez@the-dispatch.com.