by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Keitha Adams, the new head coach of the Wichita State University Women’s Basketball program, most certainly has a Sumner County connection. She grew up in Oxford.
Adams is a 1985 Oxford High School graduate. Her jersey is retired there after being the Wildcats all-time scoring leader. She played under Jim Littel, the head women’s basketball coach at Oklahoma State University. One thing about Oxford High School, it has an amazing historical presence in the coaching world. The recently departed football coach Bruce DeHaven could be added to the list.
Adams was not part of Oxford’s 1980-1981 state championship team as she was an eighth grader at the time. But when she got to high school, she would go on to score 1,763 points, and become a multiple all-stater during her four years.
She would go on to coach at Winfield in basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field before getting a job as an assistant basketball coach at Independence Community College.