Aug. 2, 2006
Former Baylor football assistant coach Tom Adams passed away early Wednesday afternoon in Waco. Adams, 48, was a member of coach Guy Morriss' original Baylor staff and coached the Bears' defensive line during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Adams' funeral will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. at Waco's OakCrest Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 4.
"Tom (Adams) was one of the finest men I have ever known, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Rita, and their children, Brandi and Beth, during this difficult time," Morriss said. "Tom loved kids and was a really good teacher not only of defensive line technique, but as a role model for the young men he coached."
"I coached with Tom longer than anyone, and I know how much he will be missed," he added. "This is a sad day for me personally because I've lost a tremendous friend."
A 1982 graduate of Rice University, Adams spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Kentucky prior to joining the Baylor staff with Morriss in December 2002.
While with the Bears, Adams coached 2004 NFL draftee Khari Long and 2004 Associated Press All-Big 12 defensive end Montez Murphy. While at Kentucky, he tutored defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, who was taken as the fourth overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Adams left the Baylor program Aug. 7, 2005, taking a leave of absence to battle the cancer. He was first hospitalized in early November 2004 but returned to the staff for spring drills in 2005.
An El Paso, Texas, native, Adams was named Rice Defensive MVP in 1979 and 1980. After one season as a student assistant at Rice, he spent three years as an assistant coach at Wharton County [Texas] Community College, eight seasons at Sam Houston State and four seasons at SMU.
Adams is survived by his wife, Rita, two daughters, Brandi and Beth, a son, Branch, and two grandchildren.
"Tom was an outstanding person and football coach, and beloved member of the Baylor Athletics family," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Rita and their children."
A memorial fund to benefit the Adams family is being established by the Baylor Athletic Department, McCaw said.