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Adams steps down after seven state titles in 13 seasons at Firth

Firth head coach Scott Adams, center, embraces Lucus Orme as the Cougars celebrate their 58-48 win over Declo in the 2A State Championship boys basketball game in Nampa, Idaho, on March 8, 2014. AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger

The coach who created a boys basketball dynasty at Firth High School has stepped down.

Scott Adams handed in his resignation papers Wednesday, Firth athletic director Roger Harrison confirmed. Harrison said Adams had previously brought up the possibility of stepping down.

“We’ve talked in the past about this might be coming,” Harrison said in a phone interview Wednesday. “He just thinks it’s time.”

Messages left to Adams on Wednesday evening were not returned.

A Shelley High School graduate and former basketball player for the Russets under Don Baldwin, Adams coached for two years at Buhl before taking the helm at Butte County for four years. He took the head coaching job at Firth in the 2004-05 season, and lead the Cougars to 2A state championships from 2007 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2016. Adams’ seven titles tie him with Rigby’s Elliott Anderson for the most in Idaho.

The Cougars advanced to 12 state tournaments and went 119-8 against Nuclear Conference opponents in regular season, district and state tournament games since the 2006-07 season under Adams, including going 78-2 from 2006-07 to 2012-13.

“It’s gonna be a hard one to replace,” Harrison said. “That’s about all I can say.”

Harrison said the position will be open to employees of the Firth School District first, then it will be open to outside applicants if a district employee is not hired.

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