Hall of Fame

Jack Adams

Jack Adams

  • Class
    1956
  • Induction
    2006
  • Sport(s)
    Men's Basketball, Founder
Jack Adams, a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference performer at Eastern, established 13 school records during his career. At the close of his senior year, his famous No. 40 jersey was retired, the first to be so honored in the school’s history. He is currently listed as the ninth leading scorer in Eastern history with 1,460 points, an average of 20.6 per game. 

An AAU All-American in 1959, when he made the All-Army team and participated in the Pan American Game in Chicago, he was known as “the world’s travelingest basketball player” in 1960 when he toured the U.S.S.R. with the State Department sponsored American team, and later journeyed to the Cleveland Pipers of the AAU National Basketball league from June 1960 to January 1962. 

He was elected Most Valuable Player of the year for the Pipers in the 1961-62 season and also was named the MVP of the AAU Tournament that season. He also played professionally with the New York Tapers of the American Basketball League and averaged 18 points per game. 

Adams served Eastern as assistant basketball coach from 1962-67 and head tennis coach from 1963-72. 

Upon graduation from Eastern in 1956, he served three years as a Regular Army officer in the field artillery. He earned his masters degree at Eastern and his doctorate at the University of Kentucky.