St. Joe’s Adkins signs with Muskingum soccer
HUNTINGTON — That Max Adkins is strategy oriented on the soccer field is no surprise.
The Huntington St. Joe High School star who signed with Muskingum University on Monday is an ace at chess and plans to major in computer science with a plan to work in cyber security. His tendency to think at least one move ahead has led to success on the soccer field.
“Max is a hard worker who made a difference in our program the two years we had him,” Irish coach Chuck Karnes said of Adkins, a center back who transferred from Spring Valley.
“He helped us out really well and helped fill one of the holes we had. For me, having him on our team was a blessing, he stepped in and stepped up. He’s not real vocal, but leads by example and did everything I asked of him. He’s a very good young man from a great family and has worked really hard and given everything he had.”
Adkins joins a Muskies program that went 5-13 overall and 0-9 in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference least season. New head coach Adam Ponder recruited Adkins as part of an effort to turn Muskingum’s program around.
“At first I didn’t think I was going to play soccer in college, then their coach contacted me” said Adkins, who was looking to attend Duquesne University or Wright State University before Muskingum called.
Adkins said his parents Terry and Melanie, his coaches and teammates all have helped him become a college-level player.
“My parents provided me with so much,” Adkins said. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here (signing) today. The coaches here have taught me the game. The St. Joe students, teachers and faculty have welcomed me with open arms. They’ve become a second family to me.”
Adkins also plays baseball and basketball, but his first love is soccer.