Adam Rotar was named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Lincoln Trail College. Rotar had served as the Assistant Coach for the team since 2016. He replaces Scott Sparks, who stepped down this summer so he could spend more time with his family.
“I am excited and thrilled to lead the Lady Statesmen,” says Rotar. “It’s a unique situation to be in now from a different seat, but with the same goals in mind: to rise back to the top of the conference, and to get back to where the program last won a regional championship in 2010.”
Before coming to Lincoln Trail College, Rotar was the head coach of the Toledo Elite AAU basketball team and served as a national evaluator for Blue Star Basketball. Rotar had also served as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Rainy River Community College and served as an assistant at Lourdes University, Colorado College, and Cal Poly Pamona. He also served as a video coordinator for the men’s basketball team at the University of Missouri under Quinn Snyder, who is now the Head Coach of the Utah Jazz.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he earned a degree in Organizational Communications. Rotar earned a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Sport Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Rotar says he was initially surprised when Sparks told him about his decision to step down. “When I got the call from Coach Sparks that he was going to resign to spend more time with his sons, I was shocked but understood what he was doing. Coaching takes up a lot of your time. Quality time was being taken away. Over the four years I have been here he is a good man to his sons, and I think that just weighed heavily on him. I wish him the best with his new journey and the time he gets to have with his sons. After the initial shock, I didn’t give it much thought other than continuing to do what I was hired to do. From that point on things just started to sort itself out.”
In addition to having success on the court, Rotar says he has other goals for the program. “I want to continue to have strong academic achievement for the team. We’ve had a team GPA of over 3.0 in five of the last six semesters. I also want to continue helping our players achieve personal growth in their time here. We strive to bring in a quality group of young ladies and I want them to leave as better people, contributing to society as productive citizens by giving back, being good people, and excelling at their profession. The best thing we can do is keep our goals simple and demanding without compromise.”
Rotar says he’s in the process of evaluating the program and is making operational changes. He says the year will present some unique challenges not only for himself but for Lincoln Trail College women’s basketball. In the meantime, he says he’s looking forward to having his student-athletes arrive to campus in less than a month and preparing for the season.