GLASSBORO, N.J. — Derick “Ringo” Adamson has been named the first full-time head women’s cross country/track and field coach at Rowan. The announcement was made Monday by director of athletics Dan Gilmore.
Adamson has been the part-time women’s cross country and track and field coach at Rowan since 2007. In 2011, he led the Profs to their first New Jersey Athletic Conference cross country title since 1994.
During the 2012-13 academic year, Rowan swept the NJAC titles in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field for the first time in program history. Adamson’s teams have competed at the NCAA Division III Championships 14 times, producing 19 All-Americans and one national champion (2014 indoor, Shailah Williams, 200 meters). His student-athletes have set 39 school records and 193 have received NJAC All-Conference honors.
“I’m excited to have the ability to direct all my focus to the program,” Adamson said. “I look forward to improving recruiting and training. I’m sure that the energy level of the student-athletes will go up. They already have the will to win but having a full-time coach now will take it to another level.”
Adamson was selected the 2008, ’09, ’11 and ’12 NJAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. He also received the 2013 and ’14 Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year and the 2012 and ’13 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year awards. Adamson was chosen the 2012 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Atlantic Region Head Coach of the Year.
“Ringo has proven himself as a part-time coach for us,” Gilmore said. “He’s won conference titles in all disciplines and is a great recruiter. We’re excited to have him as a full-time member of our athletic department. We believe that he can lead us toward a national championship.”
Adamson was an assistant coach for the women’s cross country and track and field teams at Rowan from 1991-94. During that time, the Profs won their first Mid-East Region Cross Country championship in 1994 and finished 11th at the national championships. Rowan captured the NJAC Cross Country championship in 1992, ’93 and ’94. The 4×100 meter relay took second place at the 1994 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. During Adamson’s tenure, 15 student-athletes received All-America honors.
In addition, Adamson was the head men’s cross country coach at Gloucester County College from 1983-88. The Roadrunners collected six Region XIX championships and qualified for the national championships five times. In 1988, Gloucester County finished 11th at the Junior College National Championships.
Adamson graduated from Rowan in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He was a four-time all-conference runner for the Profs’ cross country and track and field teams from 1978-82. During that time, Adamson competed in the steeplechase and distance events, including the 800 and 10,000 meters. He took first place in the steeplechase at the 1980 NCAA Division III National Championships for All-America honors. Adamson went on to qualify for the 1980 Olympics in the steeplechase but was not added to the Jamaican team’s roster. He qualified in 1984 and ’88 in the marathon and participated in the Olympic Games for Jamaica.
Adamson is a three-time winner of the Philadelphia Marathon and seven-time Jamaican cross country champion. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rowan-Glassboro State Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, Adamson is also a member of the NCAA Division III Track and Field Hall of Fame. He received his master’s degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University in 2009.