FAYETTEVILLE – Coy Adkins, formerly of the University of Florida, has joined the University of Arkansas’ softball coaching staff, announced head coach Mike Larabee on Thursday. Adkins is set to assume the role of pitching coach for the Razorbacks after a successful two-year stint as volunteer coach for Florida’s softball program.
"Coy is coming from one of the top programs in the country," Larabee said. "He’s going to bring in a lot of new knowledge and ideas. We’ll incorporate those ideas into ours. He fell in love with the University of Arkansas and our state-of-the-art facilities. He’s really excited about helping build our program into national prominence."
While at Florida, Adkins worked as first base coach, while also overseeing the outfield positions and assisting on offensive coaching. The 2010 Florida team hit a Southeastern Conference record 109 home runs and slugged a league record .627. Adkins assisted the Gators to a berth in the 2010 Women’s College World Series and an overall record of 96-18 (.842) during his stay. The Gators were the SEC Eastern Division champions in 2011.
Adkins brings 11 years of softball coaching experience to the Razorbacks, including experience as a state championship-winning head coach on the Florida high school level. He led Wewahitchka High School to the 2008 Class 2A state championship, compiling a 27-2 overall record. As assistant head coach, Adkins helped the squad to the 2007 Class 2A title. In his six year head and assistant coach career at Wewahitchka, the softball team won regional and district championships every season and compiled a 162-34 (.827) overall record.
"(Adkins) started off at the high school level, winning a couple state championships in Florida," Larabee said. "He’s helped develop and train several top-flight Division I pitchers. He wants our pitching staff to be the best. He pays attention to detail."
Before Wewahitchka, Adkins served as the head coach for Chipley (Fla.) High School from 2002-03, where he compiled a 47-14-1 (.766) record.
Adkins founded Team North Florida and served as head coach from 2004-09. Team North Florida was an Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) 16U National Championship participant in 2006 and placed ninth in 2007. The squad played at the ASA 18U Gold National Championship in 2008 and finished fifth in 2009. Adkins also led the team to Champions Cup 18U Gold in 2009.
"Coy has that passion and blue-collar work ethic," Larabee said. "He’s a great communicator. He’ll be taking our staff and our pitchers to a higher level. His character and his integrity are outstanding. He’s excited to come here and hit the ground running."
Adkins earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Florida State University in 2001, teaching math classes at Wewahitchka High School for six years. He began his college career at St. John’s River Community College on a basketball scholarship. Adkins and his wife, Sonya, have two daughters, Kenna and Anniston.