SAM ADAMS COMBINED EVENTS INVITATIONAL
ABOUT SAM ADAMS
He was known simply as “The Rock” during his 34 years as Head Track & Field Coach at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). A man of chiseled face and heart of gold, Sam Adams was loved by the numerous athletes who were fortunate to train under him. UCSB coach Nick Carter took him on as an assistant in 1959, and he succeeded Carter as head coach in 1963. Before Sam retired in 1992 he had coached the UCSB Gauchos to a runner-up finish at both the 1967 and 1968 NCAA College Division National Championships.
Sam competed in track and field at Cal Berkeley and finished fifth in the decathlon at the 1956 U.S. Olympic Trials. His expertise in the decathlon launched Adams into international prominence. He made three trips to the former Soviet Union as coach of national multi-event teams during the cold war years.
As an athlete, Sam competed in the 1952 and 1956 Olympic trials in javelin and decathlon. As a coach, Sam created a welcoming atmosphere at UCSB as Olympic hopefuls came from around the world to train in Santa Barbara. This project would later come to be known as the Santa Barbara Outreach, and its impact was felt on a global scale. Sam coached and developed many athletes over the years, among them the list of names include Bill Toomey, Dave Thoreson, Jerry Moro, Olaf Lange, Jürgen Hingsen and Jane Frederick. Upon retiring from UCSB he continued to coach at Westmont and molded more decathletes and heptathletes over 10 years along with the throwers.
Highlights of Sam’s career included being selected as the USA National Team Head Coach in 1981 and for the Pan American Competition. He was the USA Head Coach for the first USA dual meet with East Germany and twice led the USA team to Russia.
As a coach there are many quantifiable ways in which one's impact can be measured. In addition to the Olympic gold medalists, Olympians, Olympic Trials competitors and international athletes that Sam directly worked with, his impact in the sport continues to be felt to this day as a result of his work with athletes who became coaches.
The SBTC thanks the Warkentin Family for providing support to the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational since 2013.
- Decathlon - 7,840pts, Chris Randolph (Skechers, USA), 2012
- 100m Dash - 10.34, Damian Warner (CAN), 2016
- Long Jump - 7.93m / 26'00.75", Ashton Eaton (OTC Elite, USA), 2015
- Shot Put - 15.38m / 50'05.50", Jacob Rickman (Cal Poly SLO, USA), 2017
- High Jump - 2.28m / 7'05.75", Derek Drouin (CAN), 2017
- 400m - 45.65, Ashston Eaton (OTC Elite, USA), 2013
- 110m Hurdles - 13.51, Damian Warner (CAN), 2015
- Discus Throw - 47.32m / 155'03.00", (France CE Elite), 2014
- Pole Vault - 5.00m / 16'04.75", Corbin Duer (Unattached, USA), 2012
- Javelin - 64.32m / 211'00", Chris Randolph (Skechers, USA), 2012
- 1500m Run - 4:15.64, Thomas FitzSimons Jr (SBTC, USA), 2015
- Heptathlon - 6,337pts, Sharon Day (Asics, USA), 2012
- 100m Hurdles - 12.94, Nia Ali (USA), 2016
- High Jump - 1.85 / 6'0.75, Sharon Day-Monroe (Asics, USA), 2012
- Shot Put - 15.06 / 49'05.00, Sharon Day-Monroe (Asics, USA), 2015
- 200m Dash - 23.85, Brianne Theisen (NIKE, CAN), 2013
- Long Jump - 6.26 / 20'06.50, Shana Woods (Chula Vista Elite, USA), 2014
- Javelin - 45.52 / 149'04, Annett Fleming (GER), 2012
- 800m Run - 2:07.47, Barbara Nwaba (SBTC, USA), 2015
- 2018 -
- 2017 - Hunter Veith, 7,610pts
- 2016 - Thomas FitzSimons Jr. (SBTC/ABEO, USA), 7,576pts
- 2015 - Thomas FitzSimons Jr. (SBTC, USA), 7,791pts
- 2014 - J. Patrick Smith (Chico St, USA), 7,351pts
- 2013 - Gray Horn (USA), 7,532pts
- 2012 - Chris Randolph (USA), 7,840pts
- 2018 - Lindsay Schwartz (USA), 5,852pts
- 2017 - Lindsay Schwartz (SBTC/ABEO, USA), 5,773pts
- 2016 - Lindsay Schwartz (SBTC/ABEO, USA), 5,991pts
- 2015 - Barbara Nwaba (SBTC, USA), 6,292pts
- 2014 - Lindsay Schwartz (SBTC, USA), 5,942pts
- 2013 - Kiani Profit (USA), 5,909pts
- 2012 - Sharon Day (ASICS, USA), 6,337pts