|James "Ace" Adams began his lacrosse career by winning four varsity letters on St. Paul's championship teams from 1943-1946.|
At Johns Hopkins University, he was named to the honorable mention All-America team in 1948, first team in 1949 and third team in 1950. He led the Blue Jays to national championship titles in 1947,1948, and 1950, and shared national titles with Navy in 1949. Adams represented Hopkins in the 1949 and 1950 North/South Collegiate All-Star games. He played for Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club from 1951-1956.
Adams served as the head coach at St.Paul's school, 1951-1953; Mt. Washington Club, 1957; United States Military Academy, 1958-1969; University of Pennsylvania, 1969-1977 and University of Virginia, 1977-1992. During his tenure as head coach at Army, his teams won or shared the national championship four times. His overall coaching record was 284 wins and 123 losses. Adams served as president of the USLCA from 1963-1964, and has served on many NCAA, USILA and Lacrosse Foundation Committees from 1965 to date.