Adair went on a tour of the west coast, also spending time as an assistant coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Pacific University, as well as coaching youth programs and professional women’s teams.
Coaching wasn’t initially a part of Adair’s plans though, but he took every chance that presented itself and it’s taken him all the way from California to Tech.
“There was never a point where I said, ‘I want to be a coach,’" he said. "I just continued to be around the game, and some opportunities developed that I didn’t even think would be available.”
In his time spent as an assistant coach at Tech, Adair scouted prospects and managed, recruited and developed players. He spent five years in Blacksburg as a jack-of-all-trades, and has the complete trust and support from the players.
“He knows what this program needs,” said senior midfielder Anne Lumpkin. “He just knows how to teach us how to play soccer and not to worry about anything else that’s going on.”
Adair always looks calm and collected and is one to play with his kids on the field following games and doesn’t look like he fits the mold of a no-nonsense, stern manager typically seen in soccer coaches. He’s connected with his players not only as a coach, but also at a personal level.
“It’s funny because he’ll make a joke on the side and get you with a one-liner," Goldsworthy said. "Since we’ve (the team) created such good bonds with him, it’s easy for us to open up to each other.”
Adair’s gone through the gamut to get to this level of coaching, and with him on the sidelines, the future looks bright for Tech women’s soccer. Despite all of his success, Adair still gives the credit to his players.
“We (the coaches) haven’t kicked a ball, made a tackle, scored a goal or made a save,” he said. “It’s the players. They score, they do the work, they do what it takes and get the results.”