Prep Sports recently had the chance to interview Seneca Athletic Director Rich Adkins to hear all about his life.
PREP SPORTS: Where did you go to high school? When did you graduate? What sports did you play?
I graduated from Webb City High School in 1998 and played football, basketball and baseball.
PREP SPORTS: Where did you start your coaching career?
Started my coaching career at Jasper High School in Jasper, MO.
PREP SPORTS: Coaching what sports?
Coached multiple sports when I started. Football, Girls Basketball and Softball.
PREP SPORTS: Do you have a coaching/teaching mentor?
I have been lucky to work with a lot of great people. Some of my mentors in coaching have been John Roderique, Steve Hummel and John Burgi.
PREP SPORTS: What is the message to athletes under your guidance and leadership?
My message to athletes is to enjoy your experience because it flys by. Give all you can each day and find a way to improve each day.
PREP SPORTS: What are your hobbies?
I like to play golf when I can get some time to myself.
PREP SPORTS: What is your favorite sports team from the college or pro ranks?
I am an Arkansas Razorback, Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan.
PREP SPORTS: Tell me what you have come to love the most about your school, your athletes and where the athletic program is headed?
I love Seneca because of our traditions. It is a very supportive community that loves to see the kids succeed. Everywhere you go, people are trying to find ways to help our student-athletes achieve their goals. Our athletic programs and student athletes work very hard throughout their season and off-seasons. We have seen a great amount of success the past couple of years. We played in six district championship games last year and won four of them. The expectations are high for our athletes and they can continue to strive to go above and beyond those expectations daily.
PREP SPORTS: Who gets a big shout out from YOU?
I would like to give a shout out to our coaches. We have an awesome coaching staff at Seneca High School. They work extremely hard to prepare our athletes for competition but most importantly they truly care about out athletes off the field as well.