Paul "Sparky" Adams
BW Class of 1943 | Induction Class of 1975
The legendary Paul “Sparky” Adams ’43 was one of the most successful coaches in Baldwin Wallace University history. Adams coached the Yellow Jacket cross country and track & field programs from 1951 to 1983 and led 23 BW teams to Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. “Sparky” mentored 37 All-American student-athletes and was elected as the Cleveland Track Association Man of the Year in 1971.
Adams, who was a multi-sport athlete as a student at BW, also served as President of the NCAA College Division Cross Country Coaches Association and the NCAA College Division Track Coaches Association.