Ola Adams came to Columbia in the spring of 2014 from SUNY Cortland, where he coached from 2009-2010, and again from 2011 to 2014. From 2011-2014, he was the team’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
“I believe Ola Adams will help us with his defensive knowledge and his proven recruiting background. During this process I found him to be a great communicator and an analytical thinker,” Mangurian said. “Our players and our offensive staff will benefit from his defensive expertise. I am comfortable with his transition to offense. I am convinced he is a great teacher and I believe that to be the most important quality when hiring a coach.”
The Red Dragons compiled a 24-9 record during his second stint at SUNY Cortland and reached teh second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2012. Seven defensive players received all-conference honors under his tutelege.Adams was selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship where he coached with the Chicago Bears in 2013 and San Francisco 49ers in 2014 at their summer training camps. In addition, Adams attended the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in February 2013.
Adams graduated from Concord University (W.V.) in 2008 and served as a student coach at the school in the fall of 2008. Adams was a four-year starting free safety for the Division II Mountain Lions from 2004-07. He earned All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) honors three times and was named All-Northeast Region twice. During his career, he registered 283 tackles, including two sacks and 14 total for lost yardage, along with seven interceptions, 29 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
A native of Reston, Virginia, Adams lettered in football, basketball and track at South Lakes High School.