Alabama Crimson Tide softball
|Alabama Crimson Tide|
|2016 Alabama Crimson Tide softball team|
|University||University of Alabama|
|Head coach||Patrick Murphy (17th year)|
|Home stadium||Rhoads Stadium (Capacity: 3,940)|
|Colors||Crimson and White
|2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1998, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012|
|2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014|
The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team represents the University of Alabama in NCAA Division I college softball. The team participates in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It is currently led by head coach Patrick Murphy and assistant coaches Alyson Habetz and Stephanie VanBrakle. The team plays its home games at the Rhoads Stadium located on the university's campus. The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team won its first National Championship in 2012, after they defeated the Oklahoma Sooners in the championship series of the Women's College World Series.
On September 28, 1995, Alabama athletics director Glen Tuckett announced the school would sponsor a softball program to begin play in the 1997 season. At the time of its addition, softball became both the 20th varsity sport overall and 11th women's sport sponsored at Alabama. On January 3, 1996, Kalum Haack was hired from Kansas to serve as the first head coach for the team. The next spring, Haack recruited his first class for the inaugural 1997 team. On February 15, 1997, Alabama defeated Tulsa 5–2 in their first all-time game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Two weeks later, the Crimson Tide won their first all-time home game in their home opener at Sokol Park against Delta State 4–3.
After he led the Crimson Tide in their inaugural season and to their first SEC championship in their second season, on June 30, 1998, Haack resigned as head coach. He cited personal reasons for his resignation. During his two year stint as head coach, Haack compiled an overall record of 78 wins and 47 losses (78–47). A week later on July 9, Alabama assistant coach Patrick Murphy was promoted to the Crimson Tide's head coach position.
Since Murphy took over in 1999, the Crimson Tide has won 10 SEC championships (5 regular season and 5 tournaments), made 17 consecutive NCAA tournaments (every year since 1999) and have advanced to the Women's College World Series ten times. In 2012, Alabama defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 2 games to 1, in the championship series of the Women's College World Series, to win its first national championship in school history and the first softball national championship in the history of the SEC.
|Kalum Haack||1997–1998||78–47 (35–21 SEC)|
|Patrick Murphy||1999–present||789–214 (323–102 SEC)|
Alabama's Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans
|Kelly Kretschman||1998, 1999, 2000†, 2001†|
|Shelley Laird||2000, 2001|
|Ashley Courtney||2002†, 2005|
|Jackie McClain||2002, 2003, 2004|
|Stephanie VanBrakle||2005, 2006|
|Brittany Rogers||2006, 2007, 2008†, 2009|
|Charlotte Morgan||2008†, 2009†, 2010|
|Kelsi Dunne||2008, 2009†, 2010, 2011†|
|Kayla Braud||2010, 2011†, 2013†|
|Jackie Traina||2011†, 2012†, 2013, 2014†|
|Kaila Hunt||2012, 2013|
|Haylie McCleney||2013, 2014†, 2015†|
†Denotes 1st Team selection
|1997||Kalum Haack||29–29 (16–14 SEC)||3,750 250/game|
|1998||Kalum Haack||49–18 (19–7 SEC)||SEC Tournament Champions||8,552 275/game|
|1999||Patrick Murphy||39–26 (19–11 SEC)||NCAA Regionals||9,306 404/game|
|2000||Patrick Murphy||66–14 (25–5 SEC)||NCAA Regionals, Women's College World Series||9,958 398/game|
|2001||Patrick Murphy||50–11 (24–6 SEC)||NCAA Regionals||17,763 612/game|
|2002||Patrick Murphy||46–21 (22–8 SEC)||NCAA Regionals||21,224 707/game|
|2003||Patrick Murphy||49–21 (22–8 SEC)||SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regionals, Women's College World Series||14,094 587/game|
|2004||Patrick Murphy||45–20 (18–12 SEC)||NCAA Regionals||12,655 666/game|
|2005||Patrick Murphy||63–15 (23–7 SEC)||SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||21,766 906/game|
|2006||Patrick Murphy||54–11 (25–4 SEC)||SEC Champion, NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||26,210 1,048/game|
|2007||Patrick Murphy||55–10 (21–6 SEC)||NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals||42,431 1,146/game|
|2008||Patrick Murphy||58–8 (25–3 SEC)||NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||59,909 1,932/game|
|2009||Patrick Murphy||54–11 (21–6 SEC)||NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||70,699 2,209/game|
|2010||Patrick Murphy||52–11 (23–4 SEC)||SEC Regular Season Champion, SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals||80,690 2,373/game|
|2011||Patrick Murphy||51–9 (19–6 SEC)||SEC Regular Season Champion, NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||68,119 2,619/game|
|2012||Patrick Murphy||60–8 (23–5 SEC)||SEC Regular Season Champion, SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||91,541 2,474/game|
|2013||Patrick Murphy||45–15 (13–11 SEC)||2013 SEC Softball Tournament, NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals||93,332 2,916/game|
|2014||Patrick Murphy||53-13 (19-5 SEC)||NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||83,233 2,774/game|
|2015||Patrick Murphy||48-15 (17-7 SEC)||NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series||90,021 2,813/game|
|2016||Patrick Murphy||51-12 (17-8 SEC)||NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals, Women's College World Series|
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- 2012 University of Alabama Softball Media Guide, p. 50
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