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Dr. Keith Adams has 25 years of experience as an academic and athletic leader. Dr. Adams graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in History, received a Masters Degree in Teaching from Grand Canyon University, as well as an Educational Leadership Certification from Hood College. In addition, Dr. Adams is also a Certified Athletic Administrator through the NIAAA. In 2018 Dr. Adams completed his Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University. His dissertation was entitled, "Finding the Balance between Academic and Sport Motivation: A Study of NCAA Division I Student-Athletes." The research results indicated a statistically significant relationship between academic and sport motivation.

In 2009, Dr. Adams founded the Coach Keith Adams: Student Athletes Valuing Education Project (CKA SAVE Project), a nonprofit organization designed to assist student-athletes and the people who work with them through educational and professional development. The CKA SAVE Project offers several professional services including academic and athletic consulting, educational research, as well as conducting school and community workshops on topics relating to the student-athlete experience. In addition, the CKA SAVE Project organizes athletic events designed to showcase the positive aspects of academic excellence and athletic competition.

As an academic leader, Dr. Adams has taught on both the secondary and post-secondary levels. In addition, Dr. Adams has served in several school-based leadership positions including Team Leader, Department Head and Athletic Director. Dr. Adams also taught a graduate level course in Sports Marketing, as well as serving as a consultant. Through his educational work Dr. Adams was named a Dunkin Donuts Community Hero in 2013.

As an athletic leader, Dr. Adams has served as a both a High School and College Basketball Coach. As a High School Coach Basketball Adamsí teams won Division, Regional, and State Championships as well as being named Montgomery County (MD) Coach of the Year in 2004. Dr. Adams also served as an assistant menís basketball at Hood College where he helped lead them to a Conference Championship, as well an appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Adams was inducted to the Hood College Hall of Fame in 2013.

Dr. Adams continues to travel the country to speak at conferences and conventions on diverse topics such as "Building Professional Learning Communities", "Finding the Balance between Academic and Athletic Motivation", "Let Go and Let Them: How Project Based Learning can assist student growth and development", among other topics.

Dr. Adams resides in Maryland with his wife Timasha and his son Keith Jr.























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