Former Texas Tech Coach Mark Adams Accepts UTRGV Job

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Former Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams is on the move after spending the previous season on staff at East Carolina.

Adams stepped down at Texas Tech after being eliminated in the 2023 Big 12 Tournament after Adams was suspended for what Texas Tech called an “inappropriate, unacceptable, racially insensitive’ comment to a player.”


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s official website leaked Adams’ position with the team. Adams is listed as the head basketball coach of the Vaqueros on the team’s updated coaching page

Texas Tech’s head coaching job was a bit of a whirlwind leading up to current head coach Grant McCasland. Mark Adams took over the Red Raiders after Chris Beard left the program to take over at Texas. Beard went on to lose that job after allegations of domestic violence were levied against him last January. Charges were eventually dropped, but Texas fired him and installed Rodney Terry as the interim head coach.

Adams put together a great start in Lubbock that included an appearance in the 2021 Big 12 Tournament final and a trip to the Sweet 16. Adams’ team went 27-10 that season. Then, things on the court took a drastic turn. Texas Tech limped into the final weeks of the 2022-23 season with a 16-15 overall record and a 5-13 conference record. Adams’ off-the-court behavior, paired with an underwhelming basketball season, pushed players like Fardaws Aimaq and Jaylon Tyson into the transfer portal before his eventual downfall in Lubbock.

UTRGV now enters the 2024-25 offseason with a coach who is certainly going to be a talking point going forward for a number of reasons.