Joe Adam is in his second season as the head coach of the Saint Anselm football program in 2017 after being named to the position on April 19, 2016.
Adam brings more than 20 years of coaching experience with success at all levels of NCAA football, having been a part of two NCAA Division II National Championships, taken teams to bowl games and helped a program reach the NCAA playoffs for the first time in the school’s history.
He earned his first-career win at Saint Anselm on Saturday, Oct. 22 when the Hawks cruised past Pace by a 42-7 score at Grappone Stadium. Adam also led the Hawks to a 28-17 victory over Merrimack on Senior Day the following week.
In Adam's first season, Saint Anselm led the Northeast-10 Conference in passing yards per game (243.7) and ranked third in time of possession (32.26), fourth in third-down conversions (41%) and fifth in points per game (22.9). Sophomore wide receiver Kyle Hill was a Second Team All-NE10 choice after leading the NE10 in receiving yards (1,091) and receiving yards per game (99.2), while quarterback Yianni Gavalas finished his career as the program's all-time leader in nearly every major passing category.
Prior to coming to Saint Anselm, Adam most recently served as the offensive line coach at Syracuse for two seasons. He helped coach an offense that ranked in the top 10 of the program’s past 50 seasons. His offensive line unit finished the season ranked in the top third of DI FBS teams in fewest sacks allowed. He also coached All-ACC selection and NFL free-agent signee (New Orleans Saints) Sean Hickey.
Prior to Syracuse, Adam spent eight seasons at Elmhurst College in Illinois, serving as the head coach for the 2013 season. Adam’s defense allowed 110 less yards per game than the year before.
With Adam as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2012, the Bluejays earned their first conference championship in 22 years, qualifying for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in program history.
Adam also spent time at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State, winning two national titles with the Lakers including one in 2003 with then head coach Brian Kelly, now head coach at Notre Dame.
Adam received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Grand Valley State. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Joe and Jessica.