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Adams, Edwards team up to head Hilltopper runners

Dave Ongie • Updated Aug 6, 2016 at 5:11 PM

After getting the job late in the summer, Evan Adams hit the ground running in her first week as the girls’ cross country coach at Science Hill.

Thankfully for Adams, new Science Hill boys’ coach Ryan Edwards was there to make sure she was on solid ground. Adams and Edwards are teaming up to fill the shoes of Jennifer Brockett, who abruptly resigned her position for a job out of the area earlier this summer after serving as the head coach for both the boys and girls programs.

Edwards, who was promoted to head coach of the boys' program after serving as Brockett’s assistant, has handled the administrative side of things, which has freed Adams up to focus on what she knows best — running.

“As far as coaching, I’ve always been the athlete,” Adams said. “Coaching-wise, I don’t know how to do the paper work and all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes, so thankfully (Edwards) does and it’s already been taken care of. I feel like we could have a very good dynamic and a great season.”

Adams comes to Science Hill after a standout cross country career at King University. She believes her time as an athlete has prepared her well for the stresses of coaching.

“I feel like I’ve always been put into the pressure situations, and I feel like I do well under pressure, but it’s definitely going to be a learning experience,” she said.

Adams is taking over a program that has traditionally competed at a very high level. When she was running in high school in Richlands, Virginia, she only had a handful of teammates. But at Science Hill, Adams is impressed with the depth possessed by both the girls and boys teams.

“For my first season, I couldn’t be more thankful to come into a team like this,” Adams said. “I never expected to walk into this, but it seems like we’re going to have a pretty great season from both sides.”

Edwards has been involved with the program as an assistant for five years, and he sees a bright future for the boys’ program.

“I think, depth-wise, this is one of the best freshman groups that we’ve had,” Edwards said. “There’s going to be a lot of competition there, so it will be exciting to watch as it develops throughout the year.”

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