Donald Adams began his competitive career at Cal Poly in 1956, took a leave of absence to serve in the armed forces, and graduated in 1963 in physical education.
Don was an all-around athlete and lettered in three varsity sports. Don lettered three years in football, surviving the football team crash in 1960, and competed as a wrestler, but was most widely recognized for his boxing ability and achievements. Many feel he was the best boxer to ever compete for Cal Poly. He received All-American honors, and in 1958 and 1959, he was recognized as the outstanding boxer in the Cal Poly tournament. As a sophomore, Don finished fourth in the NCAA Championships. While in the service, he competed in Olympic Trial Competition, losing only to the eventual champion in his weight class who went on to represent the United States in the Olympic Games.
Don had a career as a football and wrestling coach in the San Joaquin Valley at Hughson and Modesto High Schools. Today, Don farms walnuts and pecans in Hughson, California, while spending summers in San Luis Obispo. He enjoys the company of his wife Shirlee, his three children and six grandchildren.