Adkins named as Bears’ new football coach

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Jasson Adkins, most recently head coach at East Wilkes High School, was named the new head football coach at Mount Airy on Friday. - Contributed Photo

Mount Airy High School has named Jasson (J.K.) Adkins as the head coach of the varsity football team. Adkins comes to MAHS with 16 years of teaching experience and 19 years of coaching experience.

Adkins is a 2001 graduate of Appalachian State University (ASU) where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in History, Secondary Education. In 1998, while attending ASU, he began his coaching career at Watauga High School. After graduation, he started his teaching career at Mooresville High School where he taught in the history department. In 2005, Adkins was selected as the Time Warner Cable Regional Teacher of the Year.

Adkins has been a member of six coaching staffs over his career serving in various capacities. For the past five years he has been the head football coach at East Wilkes High School and strength and conditioning teacher. As head football coach, his leadership transformed the Cardinals into one of the better 1A programs in North Carolina. Adkins’ success led him to be named the 2017-2018 NCHSAA East-West All Star Coach. He is currently on the NC Football Coaches Board of Directors.

Adkins was named as the first head coach of Patton High School in Mooresville when that school opened in 2007. The Panthers first played a varsity schedule a year later, and he led the school’s first two varsity teams, going 3-8 and 4-7 before moving on. He served as an assistant coach at Salisbury in 2010-11, when the Hornets won the 2AA state title and followed that up with a trip to the third round a year later.

Adkins was hired at East Wilkes three days before Christmas in 2011. At the time of his hire, the Cardinals had enjoyed just one winning season in the previous seven, and things didn’t get better right away. East Wilkes went 2-8 in 2013, 1-10 in 2014 and 3-9 in 2014, but then made one of the biggest one-season turnarounds in NCHSAA history. In 2015, the Cardinals won their first 13 games of the season, took the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference title by two games, and reached the third round of the 1AA state playoffs before losing by three points to eventual West Regional champion Mitchell. The turnaround earned him MVC Coach of the Year and North Carolina 1A Coach of the Year honors.

The Cardinals proved that their 2015 success was no fluke by continuing to win in 2016 and 2017. In ‘16, East Wilkes finished second in the MVC with an 8-4 record, and last fall were one of the highest-ranked 1A teams in the state until a rash of injuries derailed the Cardinals’ season in the last few weeks. East Wilkes still posted a 9-3 record.

Mount Airy High School Principal Sandy George expressed, “We are thrilled to have Coach Jasson Adkins joining our school family. He is highly thought of and respected throughout the athletic community. We are excited that he is now a Mount Airy Granite Bear.”

His first head coaching assignment was at South Iredell High School in Statesville, in 2005 and 2006. Like his other assignments, Adkins took command of a struggling program and had to rebuild it. The Vikings had posted an 0-11 record in 2004, but won five games and made the playoffs in his first year and went 8-6 with a trip to the third round in 2006.

His career record at South Iredell, Patton and East Wilkes is 56-65, an impressive mark considering he was leading three programs with no recent history of success.

Adkins also served as the interim head coach of the East Wilkes boys’ basketball team for 18 games during the 2017-18 season.

Chief Operations Officer Jason Dorsett was involved in the hiring process and noted, “The goal of our committee was to hire a candidate with great character, leadership, who excels in the classroom and will continue the tradition of excellence of Granite Bear Football at Mount Airy High School. Countless hours were spent reviewing resumes, meeting with community members, conducting interviews, and checking references to determine the best possible fit to lead our football program. On behalf of the interview committee, we are very pleased that Coach Adkins will be joining Mount Airy City Schools.”

“It is both an honor and a privilege to be chosen to help lead Mount Airy Football into its next chapter. This school and school system is widely known for high achievement, both athletically and academically. I look forward to continuing the tradition of success that coaches like Kelly Holder and Jerry Hollingsworth have established, as well as growing this program in the near and distant future,” stated Adkins.

MAHS invites players, their families, coaches, and the community to come out to Wallace Shelton Stadium on Sunday, May 6 for to meet Coach Adkins. The meet and greet event will start at 3 p.m.

Jasson Adkins, most recently head coach at East Wilkes High School, was named the new head football coach at Mount Airy on Friday. Adkins, most recently head coach at East Wilkes High School, was named the new head football coach at Mount Airy on Friday. Contributed Photo

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