Matt Adkins to coach in New Year’s Eve bowl game

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By Ray Hamill — The Adkins coaching tradition is alive and well.

On New Year’s Eve, former Arcata High quarterback Matt Adkins will be on the sidelines for San Jose State, when the Spartans take on Ball State in the Arizona Bowl.

The 2006 Arcata graduate, who played quarterback for the Tigers, is the son of former Humboldt State head coach Doug Adkins and a third generation football coach.

And what a season it has been for Adkins and the Spartans, who are 7-0 and champions of the Mountain West Conference for the first time ever.

The former Tiger was back in Arcata earlier this year, when the Spartans held a two-week preseason camp at the Redwood Bowl.

He is in his fifth year on the San Jose coaching staff, his first as a full-time assistant.

And he’s had some notable success along the way, including coaching tight end Josh Oliver, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 69th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Adkins also coached at Southern Oregon University, where he served as the Raiders’ wide receivers coach in 2012 and was promoted to passing game coordinator in 2013. 

During his time on the sidelines at SOU, the NAIA program was a national contender.

After graduating Arcata, Adkins went on to play at both Shasta College and SOU. He also has coached at Shasta and College of the Siskiyous, as well as enjoying a successful coaching stint as a head coach in the Swedish football league.

Thursday’s game will be televised live on CBS, with the action getting under way at 11 a.m.

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