A former North Melbourne player, Leigh Adams played 104 games at the club after being drafted in 2007 and retired in 2015 as a one club man.

After his playing career was unfortunately cut short by concussion and injury issues, Adams started his coaching career with South Croydon in the Eastern Football League and was named the competition’s Coach of the Year following their 2017 Grand Final Win.

Following a short but successful stint coaching Coburg in the VFL, Adams returned to North for the 2020 season, and held the dual role of development and VFL coach.

After a difficult, injury-hit start to the 2021 VFL season, North Melbourne rallied late in the campaign to win four of the final five games of the year under Adams' stewardship.

He carried on coaching the VFL side in 2022 but after David Noble's departure as senior coach it was Adams who took the reins for the remaining five rounds. Having gone winless in that season from Round 2 onwards, it was in Adams' first game at the helm in Round 18 that his Roos gallantly defeated the Tigers by four points to end their drought.

'Patch' has now taken on a role as an assistant coach with his main focus being on the midfield.