Wink Adams Goes Back to School as PE Teacher | News
LAS VEGAS - For the last few months, there's been a familiar face teaching physical education at Bonanza High School. That's Wink Adams, the former UNLV point guard who graduated in 2009 as the sixth leading scorer in school history.
"Word has got out, and so now I can't hide no more," he said.
Adams returned to Las Vegas in January after finishing his third year of professional basketball in Europe. He started substitute teaching around the valley. When a long-term physical education substitute teaching job opened at Bonanza, it was the perfect fit.
"At first, I was kind of nervous about it, but it got easier and easier," he said. "The kids get used to you, and once they start listening to you, you get that organization. I started loving it."
"He has the number one attribute that all teachers have to have: patience," said Wink's fellow P.E. teacher Val Balison.
Now that the school year is ending, Wink will start ramping up his basketball workouts in preparation for another season overseas. His teaching job could be the first step toward another career.
"I think we're going to see Wink here somewhere in high school here in Las Vegas, Nevada coaching high school in the next ten years," Balison said.
"I see a lot of these former Rebels getting into coaching, so I'm thinking I'm kind of missing the bus right now. I'm gonna' have to jump on the bandwagon," Wink said.
Wink, along with former teammate Rene Rougeau and recent graduate Brice Massamba, is scheduled to work out for three teams in Europe next month.