University of Maryland women’s basketball assistant David Adkins has joined the Washington Wizards coaching staff.
The former Montrose Christian associate head coach has joined Randy Wittman’s staff as a player development assistant.
The opening was created when Ryan Saunders left to join the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching staff. Saunders is the son of Timberwolves head coach and President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders.
Meanwhile, Adkins, 50, joins the NBA franchise after spending the past five years at Maryland where he worked with various student-athletes including current WNBA players Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins.
During a seven-year stint at Montrose Christian, Adkins coached future NBA players such as Linas Kleiza, Kevin Durant and Greivis Vasquez.
Adkins has also trained local products Marissa Coleman and Michael Beasley among others.
“David Adkins is one of the most highly regarded player development coaches in all of basketball,” Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said when Adkins joined her coaching staff in 2009.
Frese also congratulated Adkins on the new move via Twitter saying “he made a big impact on our program.”
In five years at Maryland, Adkins helped guide the Terrapins to four NCAA Tournament appearances including the 2014 Final Four.
During his tenure at Montrose Christian, the Rockville private school finished nationally ranked in USA Today five times.