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Adkins earns 400th career win at LWC

By Christopher Coombs

Lindsey Wilson men's basketball coach Keith Adkins won his 400th career game as a head coach on Thursday night as the Blue Raiders defeated visiting Cumberland (TN) 67-60 at Biggers Sports Center.

Adkins boasts a 400-250 record over his 20 seasons prowling the sidelines for three different institutions -- Campbellsville (Ky.), Life (Ga.), and Lindsey Wilson. He owns 11 20-win seasons during his career, reaching the NAIA National Tournament 10 times.

Of his 10 national tournament runs, Adkins has reached the NAIA Fab Four three times while his 2016-17 Life squad finished national runner-up.

"I'm blessed to be able to do what I love," Adkins said. "I've coached under some great presidents and athletics directors and I'm completely blessed to have this opportunity from (LWC President) Dr. Luckey and (LWC Athletics Director) Willis Pooler to coach here at Lindsey Wilson."

Adkins, now in his second year at Lindsey Wilson, is 31-23 as the Blue Raider head coach. The 2019-20 Blue Raiders are just outside the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Top-25 Poll and currently are tied for fourth in the Mid-South Conference standings.

"I want to extend my congratulations to Coach Adkins on this milestone," LWC athletics director Willis Pooler said. "Coach Adkins believes in our mission and supporting our student-athletes while putting a winning product on the court. I know his work here is just beginning."

Adkins ranks 14th on the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball wins list. He was named the National Basketball Coaches Association-NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2014-15 and is a three-time Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year. Adkins was selected by the Mid-South Conference's administrative council as the 2016-17 MSC Coaching for Significance award recipient.

"Four hundred wins actually means a little more to me," Adkins said. "My dad won over 800 baseball games in his coaching career and I remember his 400th win. It was during a sectional tournament and I was the winning pitcher that day..., so 400 does mean a lot to me."

This story was posted on 2020-02-01 06:27:42
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