University of Washington football head coach Chris Petersen has tabbed Junior Adams to be the team’s Wide Receivers coach.
Petersen announced the appointment of Adams through a team press release Thursday afternoon. Adams has an extensive history residing in the Northwest as both a player and coach. Although he was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Western Kentucky for the last two seasons, Adams worked at Boise State in 2014 through 2016 and at Eastern Washington from 2009-13.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work at such a prestigious University and to work under Coach Petersen and with the rest of this tremendous staff,” Adams said. “This is an absolute dream job for me and I cannot wait to begin.”
“We’re excited to have Coach Adams join our staff,” Petersen said. “He brings great energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge. We look forward to seeing all the progress he’ll make with our receivers group.”
A former wide receiver at both Oregon State (1999-00) and Montana State (2001-02), the Fremont, Calif., native has worked with wideouts throughout his coaching career, which began as wide receivers and kicks returners coach at Montana State in 2004.
Adams was a coach on two Mountain West Conference Championship teams in three seasons at Boise State, during which the Broncos had their first pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, in 2016.
In five seasons at Eastern Washington, Adams was part of a staff that guided the Eagles to the 2010 NCAA FCS national championship. During his time in Cheney, the Eagles won three Big Sky crowns (2010, 2012 and 2013) and competed in the NCAA FCS playoffs four times.
Adams coached a number of highly successful receivers, including four-time FCS All-American, two-time Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year and Walter Payton Award winner Cooper Kupp, who now plays for the Los Angeles Rams. While at Boise State, he mentored Cedrick Wilson (Dallas Cowboys) and Thomas Sperbeck, the Broncos’ all-time leader in receiving yards.
In his first year at Western Kentucky, the Hilltoppers returned only two players who had caught at least 25 passes the previous season. But under his leadership, Nacarius Fant posted the fifth-best season in school history in terms of receptions (75) and Deon Yelder broke WKU tight-end records with 52 catches for 688 yards. Quarterback Mike White led the FBS with 368 completions, good for 4,177 yards (fourth nationally) as a senior.
Boise State’s passing game and wide receivers set numerous records during Adams’ tenure there. In 2016, the Broncos ranked 15th nationally with 298.3 passing yards per game to go along with top-10 rankings in passer rating (No. 9, 161.38) and yards per pass attempt (No. 7, 9.6). Wilson ranked eighth in the nation with a per-catch average of 20.2 yards, while Sperbeck also totaled more than 1,000 yards receiving.
Adams had an illustrious collegiate career starring at both Montana State and Oregon State. The former Bobcat still ranks in the 10 in Montana State o history in terms of receiving yards (1,635), despite having played for the Bobcats for only two seasons. His 66 receptions, 983 yards and eight touchdowns in 2002 also all still rank in the top-10 in MSU history.
Among numerous highlights at MSU, he caught the game-winning TD in a 10-7 victory over rival Montana, which gave the Bobcats a share of the conference title.
Adams also lettered twice at Oregon State (1999-2000), where he was a part of the Beavers team that went 11-1 and won the 2001 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame.
After having coached at Montana State, where he earned his degree in sociology (2004), Adams coached at Prosser (Wash.) High, helping the Mustangs to a 14-0 record and the state’s 2A championship in 2007.
ADAMS’ COACHING CAREER
2017-2018 – Western Kentucky – Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2016 – Boise State – Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2014-2015 – Boise State – Wide Receivers
2009-2013 – Eastern Washington – Wide Receivers
2008 – Chattanooga – Assistant
2007 – Prosser HS (Wash.) – Wide Receivers/Kick Returners
2004-2006 – Montana State – Wide Receivers/Kick Returners