WASHINGTON – University of Maryland women’s basketball assistant David Adkins has joined the Washington Wizards coaching staff.
Adkins, 50, joins Wizards head coach 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 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.
Prior to his stint at Maryland, Adkins coached on the high school level at nationally renown Montrose Christian and DeMatha, where he worked with future NBA players such as Kevin Durant, Greivis Vasquez and Victor Oladipo.
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 a three-year stint at DeMatha, Adkins helped the Stags compile an 84-20 record and capture a pair of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships.