Episcopal Coach Wins Washington-Area Award for Contributions to Girls’ Sports
EHS coach Kim Adams has received a prestigious award for her work in girls’ sports at Washington-area independent schools over almost 25 years.
Adams was named the 2018-19 winner of the Marsha Way Leadership “Way to Go” Award, which is given annually to a varsity coach in the 15-member Independent School League who has made significant contributions to the league.
“Few, if any, coaches have collected the number of ISL banners in multiple sports that Kim has,” says Jen Fitzpatrick, director of girls’ athletics at Episcopal. “And few rival her tenacity as a competitor. She has high expectations for all of her athletes — regardless of the circumstance or level of play — and they rise to the challenge.”
Adams has served in the ISL since 1995 as a role model for athletes and young coaches. In 19 years at Madeira, she recorded more than 200 victories in volleyball, and her teams captured ISL banners in softball, basketball, and volleyball as well as state and metro-area titles. Kim also served as an assistant athletic director at Madeira for six years.
In just five years at Episcopal, she has already amassed more than 60 wins at the helm of the volleyball program, and her teams have won divisional banners in both volleyball and softball. She also serves as a faculty coach and instructional technology specialist.
Established in 2014, the Marsha Way Leadership Award is given to a coach who exemplifies the qualities and leadership that Way displayed while serving as a coach and administrator at St. Agnes (and later St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes) for more than 35 years.
“Whether it be at the helm of a varsity team contending for a championship or hopping into a JV basketball practice as a practice player during her free time, Kim is a dedicated teacher who shares her love of sport each day,” Fitzpatrick said. “She is able to connect with and inspire different groups of students with varied backgrounds and experience levels and is a relentless champion of the value of athletic participation for girls.”
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