James F. Adams
James F. Adams

Head Coach (1958-69)

Ace Adams spent 12 years guiding the lacrosse program at West Point and racked up 98 victories and a .777 winning percentage while winning or sharing four national titles. The F. Morris Touchstone Award winner as National Coach of the Year in 1961, Adams was part of national championships in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1969. The '58 team won the national championship outright, Army's fifth in lacrosse while the '59 squad shared the honor with Maryland and Johns Hopkins. In 1961 (with Navy) and 1969 (with Johns Hopkins) the title was shared.

In addition to coaching 24 first team All-Americans, Adams stood fourth on the NCAA all-time wins list with 287 when he retired, beat Navy five times and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1975 after winning or sharing eight national championships between his playing days at Johns Hopkins and coaching tenure at Army. He also mentored 11 second team All-Americans, 11 third team members and 31 honorable selections.