February 8, 2004 |
Consecutive losing seasons and a preseason forecast that calls for yet another second-division finish in the Pacific 10 Conference have not diminished the intrigue surrounding UCLA's baseball program. As the college season gets underway, what's known is that Gary Adams will retire at the end of this, his 30th campaign as coach of the Bruins. What's not known is who might be coming in -- but there is plenty of conjecture.
June 12, 2003 |
UCLA baseball Coach Gary Adams will retire after the 2004 season, ending speculation that Athletic Director Dan Guerrero would go for a triple crown of sorts and fire coaches in the three major men's sports in his first year. Adams, 63, will return for a 30th season, then will spend one additional year in an administrative capacity, enabling him to maximize University of California retirement benefits.
March 10, 2003 |
Even before he watched his team get shut out by Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, UCLA baseball Coach Gary Adams did something he hadn't done in more than three decades. He shaved his mustache. Not exactly earth-shattering but it did shake up the Bruins. "I wanted to show that I'm making a big change," Adams said after the Bruins trounced USC, 17-5, Sunday. "We needed to change our approach at the plate. What we were doing wasn't working."
January 31, 2003 |
The next UCLA coach on the hot seat -- yes, there is another -- is as much a fixture on campus as the Bruin bear statue in Westwood Plaza. Baseball Coach Gary Adams is entering his 29th season at UCLA, where he has won 922 games and produced an impressive list of major league players.
May 22, 1997 |
Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about the men he helped prepare for the major leagues--Eric Karros, Todd Zeile, Don Slaught, Jeff Conine, Bob Hamelin, Matt Young, Tim Leary and Shane Mack among them. Yet his public profile is about as low as it gets in this neighborhood--near-subterranean for someone who has spent almost a quarter-century coaching a major sport at UCLA. Gary Adams has a theory on this.
April 25, 1996 |
On this day, Gary Adams is tucked away in a corner of UCLA's Morgan Center answering phones and trying to explain himself. He is watching videotaped news reports from the last few days detailing his transformation from beloved baseball coach of the Bruins to the man who ordered his pitcher to throw at an opposing batter. He is answering every question. He is looking nothing like himself.