Adams went to school in the Glynn County School System and attended Risley High School. She continued her education at Brunswick Junior College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in science. Adams then graduated from Savannah State with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education. She then furthered her education at Armstrong State University and the University of Georgia. Adams played softball, basketball and track in high school and college. She was regarded as the fastest girl in the county and in the region all four years of high school and won numerous awards for her exploits. Adams recently retired after a long and successful coaching career at Glynn Academy that began in the 1960s. While serving as the varsity girls basketball coach, Adams guided her Lady Terrors to 637 wins while also stockpiling many more victories as the junior varsity coach. Her teams won eight region championships and 19 sub-region titles while making numerous state tournament appearances that included two state Final Fours - one in the mid-80s and one in the mid-90s.
As the Glynn track coach, she won 11 region titles and numerous runner-up honors and sent competitors to the state meet every year. Her teams got someone to the medal presentations 24 different times. As cross-country coach, Adams captured 24 region championships and five runner-up finishes. She also briefly coached the boys team, winning a region championship and finishing second twice. While also coaching cheerleading, her team won 23 spirit sticks in 23 tries, which is the highest honor a team can achieve at summer camp. Adams also briefly coached the Lady Terrors’ tennis team, winning the region title and finishing second once. More than wins and losses, though, the coach’s biggest contribution to Glynn County athletics might have been her mentoring of numerous student-athletes through her teaching and coaching careers.