Adam Stotts said he cried when he finally made the decision to leave Madison Consolidated High School in May after three years at the school, calling it the hardest decision he’s ever had to make. The decision to return to the school proved to be much easier.
Stotts was officially named the new head boys basketball coach at Madison on Wednesday, getting the job just three days after Sherron Wilkerson resigned to take the same job at Logansport High School. Stotts spent three years on the bench as an assistant coach for Wilkerson and Mark McFarland before him and was thrilled to be back.
“When I heard the news about Sherron and people started to ask me if I was interested, it was really a no-brainer,” Stotts said. “I love Madison and Madison has become my second home. I’m excited to be back.”
In a way, Stotts never left. He announced his resignation from the school in June to take a teaching and coaching position at Floyd Central High School. But before he left, he coached Madison’s boys basketball team in a pair of summer league games before heading to Floyd.
That relationship with the program is a big reason why Madison Athletic Director Joe Bronkella wanted Stotts in the job.
“It didn’t take long to see that Adam had been preparing for this opportunity,” Bronkella said. “While a part of our staff, Adam was always prepared and ready and willing to take on more. He was engaging with the players, had ideas and strategies to make them better, and had plans for implementation — all he needed was the opportunity.”
While technically a new hire, Stotts will have an advantage that most coaches hired at this time of the year won’t have, a familiarity with the Madison program, both at the varsity level and below.
“I got a chance to coach the freshmen during the summer and that is a great group,” Stotts said. “I don’t know if a lot of people remember me when I played at New Albany, but I was a scrappy guy that was always jumping on the floor, going after loose balls and doing whatever the team needed me to do. We have seven guys like that in the freshmen group and they have a chance to be really special.”
Stotts also likes what Madison has coming back from a 17-win team a year ago. The Cubs lost six seniors to graduation but the cupboard is hardly bare. Madison returns two starters in senior Jackson Falconberry and junior Kaden Oliver, as well a breakout sophomore Jack Miller, and has several other players ready to step in.
“We’re going to do some different things with Jackson this year. He has grown so much as a player and I think he’s ready to be put into a position to create his own shot,” Stotts said. “I think Kaden is maybe the most underrated player in this part of the state. He’s had to take a back seat because of all of other guys but he’s ready to bust out.”
Stotts is also hopeful of getting a few new faces into the program that he feels could help right away.
“We have a few wildcards that I think, if they play, would be huge for us,” Stotts said. “I’m hoping I can get Colin Yancey to come back out. He was so good as a freshman and was physically able to guard seniors. And Henry Grote played in a few summer league games with us and he would be big to have back.”
Stotts taught English at the school previously but that position has been filled. Bronkella said that a position will be made available for Stotts at the school.
Stotts plans on having a meet-and-greet with players at the school cafeteria on Monday at 2 p.m. A former parents meeting will be held at a later date.