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Paul Adams, legendary Deerfield football coach, dies at 82 – Chicago Tribune

Paul Adams taught a generation of Deerfield High School students how to be winners both as a football coach and teacher.

As the Warriors football coach from 1966-92, Adams compiled a 220-56 record, according to IHSA records. He coached Deerfield to the Class 5A state championship in 1975 and finished second three times in the next decade. Deerfield plays its home games at Adams Field in his honor.

Adams, a Waukegan native who lived in Deerfield for more than 50 years, died of natural causes while hospitalized Thursday, according to his son, Alex Adams. Paul Adams was 82.

Jamie Harrington, who was Adams’ defensive coordinator from 1973 to 1979, said Adams instilled the feeling in all of his players that they could win every game. Usually, they did.

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