Men's Basketball

Keith Adkins leaves Campbellsville to coach men’s basketball at Life University

Campbellsville’s Keith Adkins resigned after spending the previous 19 years — 16 as head coach — as part of the men’s basketball program.
Campbellsville’s Keith Adkins resigned after spending the previous 19 years — 16 as head coach — as part of the men’s basketball program. Campbellsville

Campbellsville Athletics Director Rusty Hollingsworth announced Tuesday morning that men’s basketball coach Keith Adkins had resigned.

Just a short time later, Life University announced that the Paintsville native had been hired to take over the Marietta, Ga., school’s program.

“We are excited to have Coach Adkins join the staff at Life University,” Life Athletics Director Dan Payne said in a news release. “Coming from such a well-respected institution in Campbellsville … we know we are getting a great leader of young men. … We know he will make an immediate impact on our program, and can’t wait for him to get started.”

Adkins, who was the Mid-South Conference’s coach of the year in 2006 and 2015, had spent 19 years at Campbellsville. Sixteen of those were as head coach.

“It is difficult to put into words how grateful and thankful I am to Campbellsville University for the opportunity to work here over the last 19 years,” Adkins said, according to a news release by the school. “Campbellsville will always be special to me. I can only hope that I have impacted Campbellsville University and the Campbellsville community the way it has impacted me.”

During Adkins’ tenure, the Tigers were 322-204, won two Mid-South Conference Tournament championships, two regular-season conference titles and reached the NAIA Fab Four twice — the last coming this past season.

“I wish Keith well in his new endeavor,” Hollingsworth said. “He has served Campbellsville University well over the last 19 years and has experienced great success as our head basketball coach. I consider Keith a friend and he will be missed.”

Adkins was the fourth-longest tenured coach in Campbellsville history behind NAIA Hall of Famer Donna Wise (32 years), Lou Cunningham (26) and current head baseball coach Beauford Sanders (26).

“We appreciate all Coach Adkins has done and wish him and his family the very best in the future,” Campbellsville president Dr. Michael V. Carter said.

Adkins starred in basketball in high school at Paintsville, where he played in three state tournaments. He holds the Paintsville school record for most points in a half, scoring 30 against Pikeville in 1988. He was named Kentucky Male Athlete of the Year in 1988 for his performances in both basketball and baseball.

Adkins played his first two seasons of college basketball at Notre Dame. He then transferred to the North Carolina-Wilmington, where he was a two-year starter and averaged 11 points per game as a senior. Adkins ranked second in the nation in free-throw percentage as a junior.