Deke Adams begins his third season with the Garnet & Black. He was named defensive line coach on January 22, 2013.
Under Adams' tutelage, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney both earned first-team All-SEC accolades by both the Associated Press and by the league's 14 coaches in 2013. In addition, Quarles and Clowney each earned a first-team spot on an All-American team, joining the 1984 duo of Del Wilkes and James Seawright as the only Carolina teammates to earn All-America distinction in the same season. Quarles led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, including 9.5 sacks.
Adams spent the 2012 season as Larry Fedora's defensive line coach at North Carolina after serving the three previous seasons in the same capacity for Fedora at Southern Miss. In his one-year stint in Chapel Hill, Adams had the opportunity to coach Sylvester Williams, a first-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In his final year in Hattiesburg, Adams, a former Southern Miss letterman, was in charge of a front four that allowed just 112.6 rushing yards per game in 2011, 22nd in the country. Southern Miss won the Conference USA title and went on to a 12-win season after a Hawaii Bowl win over Nevada.
Among the players he mentored at USM were current CFL player Cordarro Law and 2013 NFL draft pick Jamie Collins.
In his first year at Southern Miss, Adams inherited a young, but seasoned and talented group of players that progressively improved as the season continued. The Golden Eagle defense finished the year No. 18 nationally in sacks and No. 24 in tackles for loss. The year prior to his arrival, Southern Miss was No. 93 and No. 68, respectively, in those two defensive categories.
Adams came to Southern Miss after spending the previous year as linebackers coach and coordinator of player development at Louisiana-Monroe. At ULM, he coached current NFL player Cardia Jackson. Prior to his stint at ULM, he worked for two seasons at North Carolina A&T.
During his first season at North Carolina A&T, Adams stepped into the role of defensive coordinator two games into the season on an interim basis. He was given the job on a permanent basis following that first season. He coached the defensive line during his first year in 2006 and had responsibility for the linebackers in 2007.
Adams spent four years (2002-05) at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas before his stint at North Carolina A&T. In 2005, he served as Ouachita Baptist's defensive coordinator and was responsible for the defensive line.
Adams began his coaching career in 1997 as the defensive line coach at Jacksonville State. After spending one season at Jacksonville State, he coached at Pearl River Community College, where he first served as the linebackers coach and later was named co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. In 2001 he became the defensive coordinator and continued his duties as recruiting coordinator.
Adams was a four-year member of the Southern Miss Dean's List during his time as a student-athlete and a three-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagle "Nasty Bunch" defense from 1991-94. During his career at linebacker, Adams tallied 76 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception for 15 yards.
He is married to the former Alexis Hall, a member of the 1,000-point club and four-year letterwinner for the Southern Miss women's basketball team. The couple has two boys, Jaylen and Jordyn.