Derek Adams started his coaching career in 2006 in Scotland as player–coach at Ross County, before being promoted to player-manager the following year. As manager, he led the club to the Scottish Second Division championship in 2008 and to the 2010 Scottish Cup Final.
After a short spell at Hibernian as assistant manager, he returned to Ross County in May 2011 and in his first season back he guided the club to the Scottish First Division championship and promotion to the Scottish Premier League. He was rewarded with the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award. During a stint as manager of Plymouth Argyle, he took the club to a second-place finish and promotion to League One.
He was appointed manager of League Two club Morecambe in November 2019.