Former Purdue cornerbacks coach James Adams is officially a member of Dave Clawson’s staff at Wake Forest. He spent just one season with the Boilermakers before returning to his alma mater in Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest announced the hire on Monday.

“James Adams has been a successful coach at every stop in his career, and he is a Wake Forest graduate and former student athlete,” Clawson said in a statement. “He has a passion for football, his players and Wake Forest University. His background combined with his history of working with Brad Lambert at multiple schools makes him the ideal coach to mentor our safeties and recruit his hometown of Durham and the North Carolina triangle.”


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Adams followed Lambert from Purdue to Wake Forest. Lambert was the defensive coordinator and play-caller for the Boilermakers in 2021, his lone year in West Lafayette.

Adams is a 2006 graduate of Wake Forest. This will be a homecoming for the former Demon Deacon.

“Wake Forest is home and I am excited to be returning to Winston-Salem and work with Coach Clawson and the entire staff and our student-athletes,” Adams said. “It’s an exciting time to be a Demon Deacon and I can’t wait to get back to Winston-Salem and North Carolina with my family and get to work!”