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Trent Adams is obsessed with basketball.

“I truly believe it’s the greatest sport on earth,” said Adams, the new Stanwood High girls hoops coach.

Adams was introduced as coach on Friday. Hours later, he and the Spartans kicked off Adams’ tenure with a pair of wins at the 40-team Edmonds Summer Shootout tournament at Edmonds-Woodway High. He replaces Nick Amrine, who resigned after one year at the helm to take over as coach for the Edmonds Community College women’s basketball program.

Stanwood athletic director Tom Wilfong said Adams’ positive attitude and commitment to take the program to the next level were key in the decision to hire him as coach.

“I’m excited,” Adams said. “I’ve had a smile on my face since Tom called and told me I got the job.”

Adams, 48, has been coaching locally year round for the past seven years, including working with the Stanwood boys varsity teams during the summers.

“I absolutely fell in love with the Stanwood basketball community,” said Adams, who is retired from the technology industry. “It was a no-brainer to apply. … I have zero interest in the college game. This is the job I’ve been waiting for.”

Though he tailors game plans to his players’ skills, Adams said likes to emphasize defense.

“I like pressure, I’m a pretty defensively minded person,” he said. “But I like to push the ball, move quickly, score early and defend at all times.”

Even younger players can expect to see Adams at their practices, helping shape the future of Spartan hoops.

“I believe a varsity coach needs to be involved in community and build a winning, tough, defensive-minded basketball culture at all levels — from fifth grade on up,” he said.

Adams fell in love with the sport when his oldest son started playing and he started coaching, sometimes waking up at night to diagram practice drills in a notebook by his bed.

“There’s not many games where you have to have this high level of skill and it’s so fast and twitchy,” he said. “You really have to slow down your mind but operate at a fast level. It’s a graceful, beautiful game.”

Stanwood girls 2019-20 schedule

  • Dec. 3 vs Anacortes
  • Dec. 10 vs Arlington
  • Dec. 13 at Lynden Christian
  • Dec. 17 vs Edmonds-Woodway
  • Dec. 20 vs Archbishop Murphy
  • Jan. 1 at Kamiak
  • Jan. 2 vs Bothell
  • Jan. 3 at Lynnwood
  • Jan. 7 at Shorewood
  • Jan. 10 vs Mountlake Terrace
  • Jan. 11 vs Lake Washington
  • Jan. 14 at Shorecrest
  • Jan. 16 vs Cedarcrest
  • Jan. 17 at Meadowdale
  • Jan. 21 at Oak Harbor
  • Jan. 23 vs Snohomish
  • Jan. 28 vs Marysville-Getchell
  • Jan. 31 at Arlington
  • Feb. 4 at Everett
  • Feb. 10 vs Marysville-Pilchuck

Contact reporter Evan Caldwell at and follow him on Twitter @Evan_SCN for updates throughout the week and on Instagram @evancaldwell.scn for more photos.

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