EAST CHICAGO | Stacy Adams will remain in his position as football coach at East Chicago Central.
Adams, who sat with his wife Donna throughout the East Chicago School Board meeting Tuesday night, had been worried that he would be one of the people cut from his job in East Chicago.
Many members of the community and school district, along with the entire football team, came out to support Adams.
"I am happy that I have a job for the next school year," he said after board president Jesse Gomez announced at the end of the meeting that Adams would be retained for the following year.
"I'm very grateful to have a job. I thank the school board and the players because without the school board and players, we would not have had the success that we've had," Adams said.
Adams led the Cardinals to a 9-2 record last fall and was named The Times Coach of the Year.
Members of the team and community came up to speak to Adams and congratulate him on the season.
During the meeting, student athletes stepped up to the podium to speak in support of Adams. Several students said Adams has been a "father figure" for them and made it possible for them to be successful not just on the field but also in the classroom.
"There are lots of kids here who don't have fathers," said East Chicago Central graduate Michael Kinney.
"Coach Adams has been that for so many kids. Coach Adams has been very influential. He has love for the game and the students. If you choose to let go of Coach Adams, it's going to hurt the students," Kinney said.
Prior to the announcement being made, the board also commended Adams and several student track stars.