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David Adam

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David Adam has held multiple positions at The Herald-Whig since he was hired as part-time sports clerk in 1985. He was a sports writer from December 1987 until August 1997, when he joined the copy desk. He was primarily responsible for the layout and design of Page 1A and coordinating the newspaper's national news report. He was named news coordinator in October 2004 and remained in that position until November 2015, when he was named Sports Editor. As news coordinator, he was responsible for assisting Executive Editor Don Crim in planning, developing and coordinating local news and photo coverage and special sections. He also served as Internet Director from August 2009 to September 2010. He has won 27 awards for page design and writing. Adam is a Quincy native and graduated from Quincy College in 1987 with a degree in communications. He has three daughters – Jennifer, Jill and Jamie. He has coached local youth sports teams for more than 35 years. He has broadcast local sporting events for WGEM Radio since September 1997. He also is the faculty adjunct for Quincy University’s student newspaper and is the statistics coordinator for the Quincy Gems, a summer collegiate league baseball team. He is a member of the Quincy Exchange Club and also volunteers for Birthright of Quincy.

Bylines

Prep Boys Basketball

Hull to take over Hannibal basketball program

It's been eight seasons since Marty Hull has been in charge of his own high school basketball team. That doesn't mean he's been away from the game. "There's always been something," Hull said. "I was an assistant one year at Mark Twain, and I coached junior high basketball for one year. When I wasn't doing that, I was coaching my kids."

Sunday Conversation with Kathy Turpin
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Kathy Turpin

These days, Kathy Turpin travels all over the country helping implement drug-testing programs. But deep inside, she is still a coach. Even when she was playing basketball at Knox County High School in Edina, Mo., which she led to the 1976 Class 2A state championship, Turpin's eventual goal was to be a coach.

Niemann taking first head coaching job since 1980s
Prep Girls Basketball

Niemann taking first head coaching job since 1980s

It has been nearly 30 years since Meleia Niemann was in charge of her own high school basketball team. "It's still the same game," she said. "The ball still fits in the rim." That's why Niemann is confident to be in charge of the girls basketball team at Highland for next season. The Lewis County C-1 Board of Education approved her hire at its April 12 meeting.

Six prep players from Quincy taken in baseball draft
David Adam

Six prep players from Quincy taken in baseball draft

How many high school players from Quincy have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft? Six. The last one was nearly 20 years ago. Two of the players who were drafted never played a single game in the minor leagues.

Prep Girls Basketball

Orne promises 'multiple-year deal' in return to QND bench

When Quincy Notre Dame athletic director Bill Connell made the decision less than two weeks ago not to renew the contract of girls basketball coach Andy Waggoner, he turned to assistant athletic director Eric Orne for ideas as to where to search for a replacement. "He wears a lot of hats around here," Connell said. "You're at least going to bounce some ideas off him." Turns out the best idea was to put Orne back on the bench.

Gengenbacher to travel with USA Volleyball to Europe
Women's College Volleyball

Gengenbacher to travel with USA Volleyball to Europe

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- When Kristen Gengenbacher, a junior setter at the University of San Diego, learned she had been selected as one of 12 players on the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team that will tour Thailand, the initial reaction was one of j

Sunday Conversation with Mike Hanks
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Mike Hanks

Basketball was a huge part of Mike Hanks' life as a kid growing up in Quincy, and it was his job for more than 25 years. Now, at age 64, the only basketball Hanks sees these days is on TV, as a spectator or from the sidelines as the coach of Coleman Middl

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Wet weather has local teams cooped up indoors for nearly two weeks
Prep Baseball

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Wet weather has local teams cooped up indoors for nearly two weeks

After nearly two weeks without a game, Payson Seymour baseball coach Brian Rea is finding ways to teach while keeping his players entertained. Tuesday's game against Southeastern was postponed because of rain, so Rea came up the "BlitzBall Gravel World Se

Men's College Basketball

QND's Bottorff commits to be first recruit for Hawks

Some will see Justin Bottorff's decision to play basketball at Quincy University as a hometown kid wanting to stay close to home. Bottorff, however, believes he's doing what's best for his basketball career, regardless of the geography. "Honestly, (staying in Quincy) didn't weigh in as much as people would think," he said.

Surprenant joins athletic staff at Western Illinois
Sports

Surprenant joins athletic staff at Western Illinois

MACOMB, Ill. -- Danielle Surprenant has left her position as the associate athletic director for compliance and internal operations at Quincy University to accept a position as senior associate athletic director for internal operations at Western Illinois