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WSGBCA coach of the year Rob Adams leaves Lynden after 13 seasons, winning three Class 2A championships


Rob Adams just lived the ultimate dream of a basketball nut.

Earlier this month, he not only led Lynden High School to its third WIAA state girls basketball championship, but he also got to watch his oldest son suit up for the boys' state-participating squad.

"It cannot get any better," he said.

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After 13 seasons, Adams stepped down Wednesday as the girls coach, citing a desire to spend more time watching his two sons in their athletic endeavors.

During Adams' tenure, the Lions won three 2A titles (2009, 2017, 2020), and brought home 10 state trophies in 12 appearances. He also won 261 games.

After the Lions defeated West Valley of Spokane, 60-38, to win the 2A title in the Yakima Valley SunDome on March 7, Adams was named the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association (WSGBCA) all-classification coach of the year.

"Honestly, I am more proud of the culture we created," Adams said. "We weren’t fortunate to win it every year, and did not always end on Saturday with the gold ball. But people here appreciate good basketball, and watching kids do it the right way. I will take that with me forever."