Joey Adams has stepped down as Mobile Christian’s boys basketball coach after 19 years.
Adams told his team of his decision late last month. He plans to remain the school’s athletic director.
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“I just felt it was the right time,” he told AL.com. “It was 100 percent my decision. There are some things I’ve had to do over the last 7-10 years away from basketball that have just made life very busy. I still love it and enjoy the coaching part more than I ever have in certain ways. From an energy standpoint, however, I felt like I just needed a break. “
The Leopards went 16-15 this past season. Adams is the school’s winning basketball coach with a record of 271-231. Under his leadership, Mobile Christian has won six regular-season area championships, made 11 sub-regional appearances and been to five Sweet 16s.
The 51-year-old also led the Leopards to one AISA Elite 8 appearance and one AISA final four.
“I’ve been blessed with some of the best kids to coach,” Adams said. “That is the hard part – missing the kids. But to do all the things needed to do to run a successful program… I just needed a break and didn’t want to shortchange our players.
“I love this program. It’s something I’ve poured a lot of years into, and I want it to be successful. I think, for right now under certain circumstances, it would be good for someone else to come in and take it to an even higher level. “
Adams said he would like to coach again in the future.
“I’m not closing the door,” he said. “It’s just best for my family and I that I step away right now.”
Adams said he has told the Mobile Christian administration that he will be as involved as they would like him to be in picking the next coach.
“I know it can be awkward in that way, but I don’t want it to be,” he said. “I want to get the best person to take this program to new heights. I’m proud of what we’ve done here and so thankful to have had the opportunity. “
Adams said he relishes his relationships with other coaches in the area, specifically mentioning Michael Napp (UMS), John Price (former Faith Academy and Cottage Hill coach), Philip Roebling (Theodore) and Ralph Watson (Bayside).
“We’ve been able to share thoughts and ideas and learn from each other, and that’s special,” he said. “They are all really good people.”