May 24, 2007

CLEIVE ADAMS RESIGNS AS ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Cleive Adams has resigned the position of assistant football coach at Washington and Lee University to return to his alma mater, Ferrum College, as assistant football coach.

"I appreciate the time that I've spent here at Washington and Lee and I'm excited about the opportunity to return to Ferrum College and the Ferrum community," said Adams. "I have enjoyed my two years at W&L very much. I've learned a great deal professionally from Coach (Frank) Miriello and the staff, along with what a group of people working hard towards a common goal can accomplish."

"Returning to Ferrum is something that is very important to me because I graduated from there, played football there and began my coaching career there," Adams added. "All those factors taken into consideration, along with my family's excitement about returning home, helped me make a tough decision to leave Washington and Lee."

Adams, who was recently promoted to defensive coordinator, had spent the last two seasons as the Generals' defensive line and special teams coach, helping W&L rank among the top defenses in the ODAC both seasons. Over those two seasons, W&L went a combined 14-7 and won the 2006 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, the team's first conference title since 1985. Additionally, the Generals played their first NCAA Tournament contest and made their first postseason appearance since the 1951 Gator Bowl. Adams helped the 2006 squad rank ninth in Division III in passing efficiency defense (86.3 rating), 15th in turnovers forced (31), 51st in scoring defense (15.7 ppg) and 53rd in total defense (261.6 ypg). Two of his lineman, Liam Murray (2005) and Bryant Fulk (2006), were named the Virginia Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond.

"Cleive has made some major contributions to our football program in a short period of time," stated W&L Head Coach Frank Miriello. "He has not only been a fantastic coach, but an excellent recruiter as well. Through hard work and dedication, he has earned the respect of not only the players, but the entire coaching staff and it is difficult to see him leave. However, we wish him and his family well as they embark on this new challenge at Ferrum College."

Adams arrived at W&L in July of 2005 after seven seasons as an assistant coach at Ferrum. During his time with the Panthers, Adams helped the team win a pair of USA South Conference titles. He graduated from Ferrum in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in recreation and leisure and a minor in psychology. Adams lettered as a defensive back for the Panther's 1988 South Region Championship team.

"We wish Cleive well as he returns to Ferrum," noted Washington and Lee Interim Athletic Director Chuck O'Connell. "He did an outstanding job of coaching our football players and served as a terrific mentor to our student-athletes."

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