Former Fred T. Foard player coached
St. Stephens varsity for last 7 seasons
By CHRIS HOBBS
HICKORY – Adam Windham is leaving as head varsity baseball coach at St. Stephens High to work in the central office for Catawba County Schools.
Starting Aug. 10, Windham will serve as Career Development Coordinator in the CTE Department, replacing retiring Kimberly Teague in that position.
Windham, a 2003 Fred T. Foard graduate who played baseball for the Tigers, is an Appalachian State graduate with a Master’s of Arts Curriculum Specialist degree.
The contract for his new position was approved on Monday night by the school system’s board of education.
Windham coached the Indians’ varsity baseball team for seven seasons after replacing Chip Watts, who left the position to become an assistant principal at Mill Creek Middle School.
Windham also coached at Northview Middle (assistant), Fred T. Foard (head junior varsity coach, varsity assistant) and Maiden Middle (head coach). He played American Legion baseball for Hickory Post 48 and was a Post 48 assistant coach from 2016-2018.
He coaches a 14-under baseball team for Maiden-based Athletes Lab, which works 1-on-1 and with teams and groups to help student-athletes and teams improve and receive proper training.
“The past seven years have served as some of the happiest moments of my life, and you are all a major reason for that,” Windham wrote of his players in an email to their parents that he also provided HobbsDailyReport.com. “This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have made in my lifetime, but I know it is what is best for myself, my family, and our baseball program.
“I look forward to watching the baseball program continue to grow under new leadership and plan to be a huge supporter of the program.
“I owe you all a debt of gratitude that could never be repaid. You accepted me into this community and made me feel welcome from our first year. Because of you, I have become a better person, husband, and father.
“I will always cherish the relationships that have been made along the way.”
St. Stephens went 56-88 in Windham’s seven seasons with two winning records – 16-10 in 2016 and 12-10 in 2018.
Last season — cut short by coronavirus — saw the Indians go 1-5. They won their opener over Newton-Conover 11-1 on March 2 then lost five straight games (Bunker Hill, Crest, Freedom, Bandys, McDowell). The Freedom and McDowell games were Northwestern 3A-4A games.