Adams is a relative newcomer to the coaching fraternity after a playing career that spanned the NFL, NFL Europe and CFL. Drafted out of the University of Cincinnati in 2003, Adams played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals. He also had a stop with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, and completed his playing career with the Montreal Alouettes in 2009.
Adams played for the Bearcats from 1998-2002. He sat out the 1999 season, but earned letters in all four of his on-field years, and was team co-MVP in his senior campaign. He played against West Virginia once, with the Mountaineers coming out on top 35-32 in a 2002 clash at UC. During his UC career, he picked off 12 passes, including six in his final season.
Following his playing career, Adams made his move into coaching as a graduate assistant at Purdue. He quickly moved up to a spot as defensive backs coach at Northern Iowa. He then moved on to a position with the NFL's Miami Dolphins where he served as assistant defensive backs coach.
Adams played his high school football for Miami (Fla.) Senior High, which gives him a solid connection to an important West Virginia recruiting area. Although he has been out of that aspect of the game for five years, he is expected to be able to quickly reestablish ties in that area. He noted his familiarity when he was hired by the Dolphins, telling the team's official website, "I understand the culture and the living of South Florida."
“We would like to welcome Blue Adams to the West Virginia football program,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “He brings outstanding secondary experience, first playing professionally for several years, then coaching at the college level and the last three in the NFL. He brings energy as a coach and teacher and will be a good addition to our staff.”
Adams, a native of Miami, Florida, comes to West Virginia after serving as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins since 2012. He was the assistant defensive backs coach for two years and a secondary coach the past year. He oversaw the nickel and dime positions and assisted with the cornerbacks and safeties. He assisted in the formation of the game plan and handled the rookie development, overseeing the rookie meetings in OTAs and during training camp.
“I am excited to come to West Virginia and be a part of this program and coaching staff,” Adams said. “I want to thank Coach Holgorsen for giving me this opportunity. I believe in Coach Gibson and the style of defense here, and I’m looking forward to working and teaching these talented young men on this campus and helping them develop.”
Prior to his stint in the NFL, Adams was the secondary coach at Northern Iowa in 2011 and was a graduate assistant at Purdue in 2010.
While at Northern Iowa, he was responsible for the entire secondary and served as the team’s defensive pass game coordinator. The Panthers finished 10-3, won the Missouri Valley Football Conference and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. His secondary finished with 13 of the team’s 18 interceptions that season.
With the Boilermakers, he oversaw the on-field defensive back drills, worked with the scout teams, broke down opponents and prepared scouting reports.
Adams, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati in 2003, was a second-team All-Conference USA selection in 2002.