Coach Kyle Adkins will be joining the Spartan team when school resumes this week.
Coach Adkins is a 1997 graduate of Americus High School in Americus, GA. Adkins currently holds a B.S. in Education from Georgia Southwestern State University, an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Walden University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Coach Adkins is currently in pursuit of his doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education through Nova Southeastern University.
In 2016, Adkins led Pope to the most wins in a season since 2013 and the 30.6 points per game that the Greyhounds averaged offensively, were the most since 2011. In addition, Quarterback Evan Conley broke the school’s single season passing record with 2, 276 yards in ten games. Conley also accounted for 36 total touchdowns, which garnered the sophomore with an honorable mention for the AAAAAA all-state football team by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.
Adkins’ career began in 2002 at Twiggs County High School in Jeffersonville, GA. From 2002-2004, Twiggs County amassed a 32-5 record, including a Region 7-A championship (2002) and three consecutive playoff appearances. While at Twiggs, Adkins served as co-defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, and as college recruiting coordinator for the Cobras. During his tenure, Twiggs County, a Class A school, signed thirteen players to college scholarships. From 2005-2006 Adkins served as the offensive coordinator at Jefferson County High School in Louisville, GA. In 2005, Adkins helped lead Jefferson County to the school’s first undefeated regular season and the Region 3-AAA championship. During his two years at Jefferson County, the Warriors compiled a 17-5 record, won two region championships, made two playoff appearances, and signed nine players to college scholarships. In 2007, Adkins was named the quarterbacks coach at Ware County High School in Waycross, GA. In 2007, the Gators ended the season with a 12-3 record, a Region 3-AAAA championship, and as the Class AAAA State Runner-Up. In 2008, Adkins helped Ware County reach the second round of the state playoffs. From 2009-2010, Adkins served as the offensive line coach at Howard High School in Macon, GA.
In 2011, Adkins’ first year as offensive coordinator at Shaw, the Raiders broke the school record for passing yards in a season, as well as, having the first 1000 yard receiver in the school’s history. In addition, the Raiders qualified for the state playoffs, for the first time since 2008.
During his first year as head coach of the Raiders, Adkins’ team made the playoffs for the second consecutive year, which had not been done at Shaw since 2007. In addition, Shaw’s six wins were the most that the program has had in a single season since 2007.
The Raiders’ offense proved to be explosive again in 2012 as Shaw passed for 2,378 and rushed for 2, 315 in eleven games. Quarterback Chandler Whittlesey was named the All Bi-City Offensive Player of the Year by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and he was also named honorable mention all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tight end Joe Purter was also tabbed as an all-state player by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. In 2014, Quarterback B.J. Knight broke the passing record(s) previously set by Whittlesey, as Knight threw for 2, 569 yards in ten games.
Perhaps Adkins’ most proud accomplishment is that during his tenure as a coach at Shaw High School, the Raiders signed twenty four players to scholarships.