Michigan Wolverines softball
|Michigan Wolverines softball|
|University||University of Michigan|
|Location||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Head Coach||Carol Hutchins (31st year)|
|Home Stadium||Alumni Field
|Colors||Blue and Maize
|1982, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2015|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2015|
|1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
The Michigan Wolverines softball team represents the University of Michigan in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I competition. College softball became a varsity sport at the University of Michigan in 1978. Carol Hutchins has been the head coach since 1985. In 2005, Hutchins' team became the first Division I softball team since 1976 from east of the Mississippi River to win the Women's College World Series.
- 1 History
- 2 Championships
- 3 Year-by-year record
- 4 Notable players
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Gloria Soluk was the first head coach of the Michigan Wolverines softball team. When she was hired by Michigan in 1977, it was as Michigan's women's basketball coach, and there was no softball team. She later recalled, "I was asked to serve as the head coach for the first few seasons in order to get things off the ground." In her three seasons as head coach from 1978 to 1980, the Wolverines compiled a record of 50 wins and 25 losses for a .667 winning percentage.
De Carolis years
Bob De Carolis was the Wolverines second head coach, holding that position from 1980 to 1984. In his four seasons as head coach, the Wolverines compiled a record of 114 wins and 81 losses for a .585 winning percentage. In 1982, De Carolis led Michigan to a first-place finish in the NCAA Regional Championships and a third-place finish in the NCAA Championship. De Carolis remained on Michigan's athletic department staff until 1981 when he accepted a post with Oregon State University. He has been Oregon State's athletic director since 2002.
Carol Hutchins became the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines softball team in 1985. When she took over as head coach, Hutchins reportedly "had a tiny salary, an only slightly larger budget, and had to take care of her own field, throwing down lime and riding the lawn tractor." Since Hutchins became Michigan's coach, the team has never had a losing season. Hutchins' teams have also won 17 Big Ten Conference regular-season titles and 16 NCAA regional championships. She has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year on fourteen occasions and National Fastpitch Coaches Association ("NFCA") National Coach of the Year twice.
She led the Michigan softball team to its first NCAA Women's College World Series championship in 2005. The decisive game was won in dramatic fashion, with a Samantha Findlay home run in the top of the 10th inning, producing a 4-1 final. The 2005 Michigan team was the first team from East of the Mississippi River to win the Women's College World Series. (Hutchins played shorstop for Michigan State when they won the AIAW national championship in 1976.) The Ann Arbor News described the team's accomplishment this way:
"What happened during the past five months might be the most unlikely accomplishment in the history of a storied athletics program, analogous to setting out to win an NCAA hockey title at the University of New Mexico. Then doing it. Now, before you dismiss that as hyperbole, consider a few factors. Like the fact that, because of cold weather, the Wolverines played their first 33 games on the road, roughly half the season. Try doing that in football or basketball. Then there's recruiting. Softball is still a sport dominated by West Coast talent. ... There's a reason no team East of the Mississippi had won an NCAA softball title until now."
After Michigan beat No. 1 ranked Arizona in March 2005, Hutchins told a reporter, "Yes, there is softball east of the Rockies." The performance of the 2005 team also set Michigan records in several categories:
- The team's 65 victories was the most in school history;
- The team recorded 32 consecutive victories between February 13, 2005, and March 30, 2005; and
- The team's 103 home runs tied for the second most in NCAA history.
After winning the World Series, Hutchins and her team visited the White House in July 2005, where they met with President George W. Bush, something Hutchins called "a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
In 2006, Hutchins was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame.
In March 2000, Hutchins recorded her 638th win, giving her more career wins than any other coach in University of Michigan history in any sport, male or female. In 2007, she became the seventh coach in NCAA softball history, and the first in any sport at the University of Michigan, to reach 1,000 career wins. After winning her 1,000th game, Hutchins told a reporter that her greatest pride did not come from the 1,000 wins, but from her ability to influence how her players look at life, "to get them to work together and to meet standards, to show them they can lead as women." When she was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame, her players presented her with a scrapbook with a note from one saying, "I came here a girl with potential and left here a woman with no limits." Hutchins noted that those 15 words matter more than the 1,000 wins.
In 2009, the Wolverines advanced to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. They won the first game against Alabama by a score of 6-1. In their second game, they lost a close game to Florida by a score of 1-0. They were eliminated in a 7-5 loss to Georgia on May 30, 2009.
In 2015, behind the hitting of Sierra Romero and the pitching of Megan Betsa and Haylie Wagner, Michigan won its sixth Big Ten tournament and its eighth consecutive Big Ten regular season championship.
Through May 10, 2015, Hutchins has a career record of 1,423–469–4 (.752 winning percentage).
NCAA Women's College World Series National Championships
|1992||Big Ten Conference||22-6||Carol Hutchins|
|1993||Big Ten Conference||21-5||Carol Hutchins|
|1995||Big Ten Conference||22-6||Carol Hutchins|
|1996||Big Ten Conference||20-4||Carol Hutchins|
|1998||Big Ten Conference||22-1||Carol Hutchins|
|1999||Big Ten Conference||21-3||Carol Hutchins|
|2001||Big Ten Conference||17-3||Carol Hutchins|
|2002||Big Ten Conference||15-3||Carol Hutchins|
|2004||Big Ten Conference||17-3||Carol Hutchins|
|2005||Big Ten Conference||15-2||Carol Hutchins|
|2008||Big Ten Conference||18-2||Carol Hutchins|
|2009||Big Ten Conference||17-3||Carol Hutchins|
|2010||Big Ten Conference||18-1||Carol Hutchins|
|2011||Big Ten Conference||18-2||Carol Hutchins|
|2012||Big Ten Conference||18-5||Carol Hutchins|
|2013||Big Ten Conference||20-2||Carol Hutchins|
|2014||Big Ten Conference||18-5||Carol Hutchins|
|2015||Big Ten Conference||21-2||Carol Hutchins|
Conference Tournament Championships
|Year||Conference||Tournament Location||Head Coach|
|1995||Big Ten Conference||Ann Arbor, MI||Carol Hutchins|
|1996||Big Ten Conference||Ann Arbor, MI||Carol Hutchins|
|1997||Big Ten Conference||Iowa City, IA||Carol Hutchins|
|1998||Big Ten Conference||Ann Arbor, MI||Carol Hutchins|
|2000||Big Ten Conference||Iowa City, IA||Carol Hutchins|
|2002||Big Ten Conference||Ann Arbor, MI||Carol Hutchins|
|2005||Big Ten Conference||Ann Arbor, MI||Carol Hutchins|
|2006||Big Ten Conference||Evanston, IL||Carol Hutchins|
|2015||Big Ten Conference||Columbus, OH||Carol Hutchins|
|Year||Head Coach||Record||Big Ten||Standings||Big Ten Tournament||NCAA Tournament|
|1981||Bob De Carolis||19-16||-||-||N/A||-|
|1982||Bob De Carolis||31-14||4-0||1st||Final||AIAW Regional champion, WCWS (AIAW National) 3rd|
|1983||Bob De Carolis||32-27||9-15||6th||N/A||-|
|1984||Bob De Carolis||32-24||12-12||4th||N/A||-|
|1992||Carol Hutchins||37-24||22-6||1st||Final||NCAA Regional runner-up|
|1993||Carol Hutchins||46-13||21-5||1st||Final||NCAA Regional runner-up|
|1995||Carol Hutchins||50-12||22-6||1st||Champion||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|1996||Carol Hutchins||51-14||20-4||1st||Champion||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|1997||Carol Hutchins||56-16-1||18-4||2nd||Champion||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|1998||Carol Hutchins||56-7||22-1||1st||Champion||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|1999||Carol Hutchins||51-13-1||21-3||1st||Final||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|2000||Carol Hutchins||45-16-1||13-4||2nd||Champion||NCAA Regional first round|
|2001||Carol Hutchins||43-17-1||17-3||1st||Final||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|2002||Carol Hutchins||50-11||15-3||1st||Champion||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|2003||Carol Hutchins||44-16||13-5||2nd||Semifinals||NCAA Regional runner-up|
|2004||Carol Hutchins||54-13||17-3||1st||Quarterfinals||NCAA Regional champion, WCWS first round|
|2005||Carol Hutchins||65-7||15-2||1st||Champion||NCAA National champion|
|2006||Carol Hutchins||44-15||14-4||2nd||Champion||NCAA Regional champion|
|2007||Carol Hutchins||47-13||12-4||3rd||Semifinals||NCAA Regional champion|
|2008||Carol Hutchins||52-8||18-2||T1st||First round||NCAA Regional champion|
|2009||Carol Hutchins||47-12||17-3||1st||N/A||NCAA Regional champion; WCWS 2nd round|
|2010||Carol Hutchins||49-8||18-1||1st||N/A||NCAA Regional champion|
|2011||Carol Hutchins||53-6||18-2||1st||N/A||NCAA Regional runner-up|
|2012||Carol Hutchins||42-17||18-5||1st||N/A||NCAA Regional champion|
|2013||Carol Hutchins||51-13||20-2||1st||Semifinals||NCAA Regional champion; WCWS 2nd round|
|2014||Carol Hutchins||47-15||18-5||T1st||Final||NCAA Regional champion|
|2015||Carol Hutchins||60-8||21-2||1st||Champion||NCAA National Runner-up|
|Seasons||Overall Record||Pct.||AIAW Record||Pct.||NCAA Record||Pct.||Big Ten Record||Pct.|
Michigan has had 17 players selected as NFCA All-Americans.
- 2014: Sierra Romero, shortstop (1st team)
- 2014: Haylie Wagner, at-large pitcher (2nd team)
- 2013: Sierra Romero, shortstop (2nd team)
- 2013: Ashley Lane, 2nd base (3rd team)
- 2011: Amanda Chidester, 3rd base (1st team)
- 2011: Jordan Taylor, at-large pitcher (2nd team)
- 2011: Ashley Lane, 2nd base (2nd team)
- 2011: Bree Evans, outfielder (3rd team)
- 2009: Nikki Nemitz, at-large pitcher (1st team)
- 2009: Amanda Chidester, utility non-pitcher (2nd team)
- 2008: Samantha Findlay, second base (1st team)
- 2008: Jordan Taylor, pitcher (2nd team)
- 2008: Alessandra Giampaolo, outfielder (2nd team)
- 2008: Nikki Nemitz, pitcher (3rd team)
- 2006: Jennie Ritter, pitcher (1st team)
- 2006: Becky Marx, catcher (3rd team)
- 2005: Jennie Ritter, pitcher (1st team)
- 2005: Jessica Merchant, shortstop (2nd team)
- 2005: Tiffany Haas, 2nd base (1st team)
- 2005: Nicole Motycka, designated player (3rd team)
- 2004: Jessica Merchant, shortstop (2nd team)
- 2004: Nicole Motycka, pitcher (2nd team)
- 2004: Tiffany Haas, 2nd base (3rd team)
- 2003: Marissa Young, utility (2nd team)
- 2002: Stephanie Volpe, 3rd base (1st team)
- 2002: Marissa Young, pitcher (3rd team)
- 2001: Kelsey Kollen, 2nd base (1st team)
- 2001: Melissa Taylor, outfield (2nd team)
- 2000: Marissa Young, utility (3rd team)
- 2000: Stephanie Volpe, designated player (3rd team)
- 1999: Catherine Davie, outfield (2nd team)
- 1999: Kelsey Kollen, 2nd base (2nd team)
- 1999: Traci Conrad, 1st base (3rd team)
- 1998: Traci Conrad, 1st base (1st team)
- 1998: Sara Griffin, utility (1st team)
- 1998: Melissa Gentile, catcher (2nd team)
- 1998: Kellyn Tate, outfield (2nd team)
- 1997: Traci Conrad, at-large (1st team)
- 1997: Kelly Holmes, at-large (2nd team)
- 1996: Sara Griffin, utility (1st team)
- 1996: Kellyn Tate, outfield (3rd team)
- 1995: Kelly Kovach, pitcher (1st team)
- 1995: Sara Griffin, utility (1st team)
- 1993: Patti Benedict, outfield (1st team)
- 1992: Patti Benedict, outfield (3rd team)
- 1989: Jenny Allard, utility (1st team)
- 1987: Alicia Seegert, catcher (2nd team)
- 1987: Vicki Morrow, designated player/utility (2nd team)
- 1986: Alicia Seegert, catcher (1st team)
Athletic Hall of Honor
- Penny Neer - (Class of 2002)
- Vicki Morrow - (Class of 2004)
- Alicia Seegert - (Class of 2005)
- Jenny Allard - (Class of 2008)
- Sara Griffin - (Class of 2011)
Big Ten Player of the Year
- Vicki Morrow, 1987
- Michelle Bolster, 1988
- Jenny Allard, 1989
- Patti Benedict, 1992
- Patti Benedict, 1993
- Sara Griffin, 1995
- Sara Griffin, 1996
- Traci Conrad, 1998
- Traci Conrad, 1999
- Melissa Taylor, 2001
- Marissay Young, 2003
- Jessica Merchant, 2004
- Nikki Nemitz, 2010
- Maggie Viefhaus, 2010
- Amanda Chidester, 2011
- Amanda Chidester, 2012
- Sierra Romero, 2013
- Sierra Romero, 2014
Big Ten Pitcher of the Year
- Haylie Wagner, 2013
- Megan Betsa, 2015
- 2005 Women's College World Series
- 1982 Women's College World Series
- List of NCAA Division I softball programs
- Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex: Alumni Field MGoBlue.com: University of Michigan Official Athletic Site.
- John Kerr (October 29, 1980). "Softball coach named". The Michigan Daily.
- "A milestone at U-M, a rock for her players: Coach Hutchins sets first-rate standard". Ann Arbor News. 2007-05-03.
- "Carol Hutchins, Head Coach: 25th Season". MGoBlue.com.
- "Protect The Block 'M': Long-time Michigan Coach Carol Hutchins changed the face of softball in the Big Ten and across the nation with her Wolverine philosophies". Big Ten Conference. 2007-04-03.
- "It can't get much better for Hutchins". Ann Arbor News. 2005-06-12.
- Joanne C. Gerstner (2006-02-16). "Softball players bemoan sport's Olympics demise". The Detroit News.
- Kevin Wright (2005-09-05). "National Championship marks softball first". The Michigan Daily.
- Lou Ponsi (2005-03-21). "Softball: Michigan beats No. 1 Arizona to win Klassic; The fourth-ranked Wolverines win the final of the Fullerton tournament, 6-2". The Orange County Register.
- "Hall of Fame: Carol Hutchins". National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
- "2009 Michigan Softball Schedule". Michigan Softball Archive. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
- Mark Snyder (May 11, 2015). "U-M softball steamrolls Big Ten, seeks national title". Detroit Free Press.
- "Michigan Softball Year-by-Year Results". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "University of Michigan Softball". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
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