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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Howard University has named Tennille Adams as the new head women's basketball coach. Adams comes to Howard from Northwestern University where she spent the last five seasons as an assistant on head coach Joe McKeown’s staff.Tennille AdamsAdams

“I am really proud of Coach Adams and also really excited for her,” McKeown said. “Having spent 19 years at George Washington, I have great respect for Howard University and think they just hired one of the top young coaches in our sport. She did a tremendous job in helping us rebound Northwestern and will be sorely missed by our players and staff.”

"We were in search of a coach that understood Howard University's legacy of academic excellence, possessed the characteristics to maintain the program's distinction, while making the Lady Bison a principal force in the MEAC and beyond," Howard Athletics Director Louis "Skip" Perkins said.

No stranger to the District of Columbia, Adams was the assistant women's basketball coach at American University.  Adams was responsible for recruiting as well as key involvement on post player development and the point person for academic affairs and external relations with the basketball program.

"I am extremely humbled and honored for this opportunity," said Adams.  "I would like to thank my new Director of Athletics Louis "Skip" Perkins and the Bison family for believing in my ability to lead the women's basketball program here at Howard University.  It is privilege to represent an institution with such rich tradition and history as well as return to the MEAC."

Prior to her stint at American, Adams spent two years at North Carolina A&T as an assistant to the legendary Patricia Cage-Bibbs.  

A standout at the University of Arkansas, Adams began her coaching career in 2004 as an assistant at Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas.

As a student-athlete at Arkansas, Adams was a member of the 1997-98 Final Four team and the 1998-99 WNIT Championship team. On an individual level, Adams was ranked in the top five post players in the nation and as one of the top 50 seniors by Blue Star.  Adams completed her matriculation with a bachelor's of art in English.

Adams will inherit a Howard program whose recent success includes three consecutive championship game appearances, two invitations to the WNIT (2011 and 2012), the first-ever Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) appearance (2013), and two 20+ wins seasons.


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