Feb. 2, 2004
UCLA Head Coach Gary Adams, who is entering his 30th year at the helm of the Bruin program, will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on January 7, 2005 at the ABCA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
"It is a thrill for me to be on the same list as so many great baseball coaches, both past and present," said Adams. "I feel very honored."
Induction into the ABCA Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to college baseball coaches. Upon entering, Adams will join current Hall of Fame coaches like Mark Marquess of Stanford and Jack Smitheran of UC Riverside, along with former coaches like Rod Dedeaux of USC and Jerry Kindall of Arizona. Former UCLA Head Coach Art Reichle is also a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame.
During his 29 seasons (1975-03) at UCLA, Adams, 64, has compiled a record of 949-792-7. The Bruins have participated in the NCAA playoffs seven times in the last 14 years, reaching the College World Series in 1997 and the Super Regional in 2000. No less than 38 of his Bruins have reached the Major Leagues, the highest total of any active collegiate baseball coach.
Including his five seasons (1970-74) at UC Irvine, his record is 1,137-862-12. He won the NCAA Division II NCAA championship in 1973 and 1974.