Dick Adams to lead Night Train into 2004

08/05/03 Night Train Press Release

            Twenty-year professional coaching veteran Richard “Dick” Adams has agreed to become the next head coach of the La Crosse Night Train of the National Indoor Football League. Adams becomes the fourth head coach of the team entering its third season. He is the only coach, however, that has extensive experience in the college and professional coaching ranks.

            The Miami (Ohio) graduate began his coaching career in 1976 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He went on to coach at four other colleges over the next 19 years. He made his professional coaching debut as an assistant coach and special teams coordinator in 1983 with the Calgary Stampede of the Canadian Football League.

            The highlight of Adams’ CFL career came in 1989 as an assistant coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Roughriders won the western conference and Grey Cup that season. He has also spent a number of years with Winnipeg and Ottawa in the CFL as well.

            Adams made his indoor coaching debut in 1998 with the Madison Mad Dogs (PIFL). He led Madison to the championship game and was named PIFL Co-Coach of the Year that season. Adams was also an assistant coach for the Peoria Pirates (AF2) when the team won the championship in 2002 and also coached briefly with the New York Dragons (AFL) that year.

            As a player, Adams was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1971 after being selected as an all-conference performer at Miami (Ohio). He played under legendary college coaches Bo Schembechler and Bill Mallory while at that school. ). In 1973 he won the Grey Cup as a player with Saskatchewan.




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