FSU players pick up Offensive Lineman, Rookie of the week awards, respectively
Damien Adams is entering his fifth season as the defensive line coach at Fayetteville State University, after a successful playing career with the Broncos.
A 2003 graduate of FSU, Adams was a captain on FSU's 2002 and 2003 CIAA Championship squads and was named to the All-CIAA team in his final three seasons, 2001-03, at FSU.
Adams received his Bachelor's Degree in Geography and, soon after graduation, became head football coach at Benson Middle School in Benson, N.C. In his three years at the helm, he led Benson to a 14-7 record.
After his stint at Benson, Adams became an assistant coach in charge of the defensive line at South Johnston High School. Adams helped lead South Johnston to a 10-2 record and a Cape Fear Valley Conference Championship.
Under his direction, the FSU defensive line has routinely become one of the top units in the CIAA. During his first season with the Broncos, FSU defensive linemen accounted for 11.5 sacks and the Broncos' defense allowed only 885 yards rushing in 10 games.
Last season, Adams coached Darius Powell, a second team All-CIAA selection and Jamaal Dixon, an All-Rookie team pick. Adams' unit amassed 21.5 sacks, 43.5 tackles for loss and was a part of a FSU defense that held opponents to 12 points or less five times.
In fact, the Broncos were first in the NCAA's Division II in total sacks in 2009 and ranked fourth in tackles for loss.
Adams is married to Teneisha Parker of Tarboro, N.C. and they have one son, Bryce.