Coy Adkins will enter his first season as the head coach at Southern Wesleyan and his 19th season overall. Most recently, Adkins served as an assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi for two seasons. During his time at USM, Adkins helped lead the Golden Eagles to back to back winning seasons, which were only the fifth and sixth winning seasons in the history of the program. During Adkins first season at USM, the team had the second highest RPI jump in NCAA division 1 softball and also were champions of the western division of Conference USA. Under the direction of Adkins, USM pitchers recorded the second lowest Conference USA era in 2016, after finishing 11th in 2015. Adkins also helped guide the Golden Eagles to improvement in fielding percentage, runs scored, on base percentage, slugging percentage and batting average.
Prior to his stint at Southern Miss, Adkins coached in the state of Arkansas for four seasons. From July of 2011 through June of 2014, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas. Adkins helped elevate the program to levels of success in the SEC and the NCAA that had not been done before. In Adkins’ first season in 2012, the Razorbacks went from a 16 win team to a 29 win team that advanced to the championship game of an NCAA regional tournament. The Razorbacks repeated as regional finalist in 2013, and also earned the programs first top 25 ranking ever. The 36-20 record of the 2013 season is still the highest winning percentage in program history. Also during Adkins’ three seasons at Arkansas, the Razorbacks set and reset several offensive records including home runs per game, slugging percentage, on base percentage, and batting average. The 2014 team is the only team in program history to finish with a team batting average over .300.
After the 2014 season, Adkins stepped out of the college game for a season and worked in sales at Brodix Cylinder Heads and coached at Mena High School, both in Mena, Arkansas. Adkins helped lead the Lady Cats to their first ever softball state championship in 2015.
Adkins began his collegiate coaching career by volunteering at the University of Florida during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Adkins was part of two Gator teams that played in the Women’s College World Series, including the 2011 team which was the national runner up. The Gator staff was awarded the NFCA southeast regional staff of the year after the 2011 season.
Before Adkins began his collegiate coaching career, he coached 10 seasons at the high school level, with eight of those seasons including coaching travel ball. During the 2004-2009 seasons, Adkins was a coach at Wewahitchka High School in Wewahitchka, Florida. In six seasons, the Wewahitchka team advanced to five final fours in the state of Florida, including winning the state championship in 2007 and 2008. After the 2008 season, Adkins was voted the Florida Dairy Farmer overall softball coach of the year and was also named the Florida ASA co-coach of the year.
Also from 2004-2009, Adkins coached Team North Florida, which competed at the highest level nationally. The 2009 Team North Florida team was the most successful, winning the prestigious Champions Cup tournament in Irvine, California and finishing 5th at the ASA 18U Gold Championship in Oklahoma City. Team North Florida also earned top finishes at the Colorado Fireworks in 2007 (3rd), and ASA 16U nationals in 2007 (9th). Overall, Team North Florida helped over 20 female athletes earn college scholarships, 8 of which competed in the NCAA division 1 Women’s College World Series during their careers.
Adkins’ first full time high school coaching position was at Chipley High School during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. During the 2003 season, the Chipley team advanced to the final four, which was the first final four in school history for any female sport. While at Chipley, Adkins also coached The Panhandle Cobras. The team helped around 5 female athletes earn collegiate scholarships.
Adkins got his start with fastpitch softball by coaching the Altha Middle school team in 1998 while attending college. In 2001, Adkins was the assistant coach at Blountstown High School while he was doing his student teaching in Mathematics Education. He has been coaching softball ever since.
Adkins is the son of Ronnie and Kennese Adkins, and the grandson of Jane Adkins, all of Altha, Florida. He has three daughters (Kenna, Anniston, and Rayna) and one son (Hayden). Adkins also has one sister, April, who also lives in Altha, Florida.