|Team||The University of Alabama|
May 26, 1965 |
Port Arthur, Texas
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Northwestern State (Asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Mitch Gaspard (born May 26, 1965) is the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team. The 2010 season was Gaspard's first season as the head coach of the Crimson Tide. He has been on the Alabama coaching staff for ten years, and was given the head coaching position when Jim Wells retired. Gaspard agreed to a 3-year contract on September 1, 2009, starting in 2010.
An all-state shortstop at Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, Gaspard led his team to the Texas state title as a senior and then became the starting second baseman in 1985 for the first Skip Bertman-coached LSU team to advance to NCAA Regional play. He played his final two collegiate seasons as a starter at second for the University of Houston, where he became an assistant coach in 1988.
Gaspard was an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette from 1989–92, helping the "Ragin' Cajuns" reach three NCAA Regionals and win three conference titles. In 2009, Gaspard completed his second season as the Tide's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He returned for his second stint with the Crimson Tide in 2008 after six years as head coach at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he compiled a 211-128 (.622) record. During those six years, he led the Demons to a pair of Southland Conference championships, one SLC Tournament championship and a place in the 2005 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. In 20 years of coaching, Gaspard has worked with teams that have won eight conference championships, eight conference tournament championships, played in 16 NCAA Regionals and three College World Series berths. Gaspard was a member of Wells' original staff at Alabama in 1995 and was a pivotal figure as an ace recruiter and a shrewd tactician in the remarkable revival of the program. Alabama had four SEC wins in 1994, but after Wells and Gaspard arrived, the Tide won the SEC Tournament in 1995 and was one win away from the College World Series. By the time Gaspard returned to NSU, Alabama had earned six NCAA Regional appearances and three College World Series places, including a national championship game loss to LSU in 1997. In each of his first seven seasons at Alabama, Gaspard helped mold the Tide into one of America's finest defensive units. As the chief recruiter, he helped achieve five successive Top 20 recruiting classes, including three Top 10 finishes in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
In Gaspard's first season as Alabama's head coach, the team went 42-25, including reaching the SEC Tournament championship game, and winning the NCAA Tournament Georgia Tech Regional. He will start the 2011 season with a new assistant coach in Andy Phillips.[dated info]
In Gaspard's second season at Alabama his team would go 35-28 (14-16 SEC). His team would go 1-2 in the 2011 SEC Baseball Tournament then they would make the 2011 NCAA Baseball Tournament losing to Florida State 11-1 in the Tallahassee Regional Championship Game.
In Gaspard's third season his team would struggle early and would not get better in Southeastern Conference play. His young team would finish 21-34 (9-21 SEC) and miss the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament.
In Gaspard's fourth year, his team would finish the season 35-28 (14-15 SEC). His team would have wins against then ranked #2 LSU, #1 Vanderbilt and #9 Arkansas. In the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament they would beat Auburn 6-3, lose to LSU 3-0, beat Ole Miss 7-5, and in the quarterfinals they would lose a heartbreaker to LSU 3-2. They would get an invitation to play in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament. They would go 1-2 and lose to Troy 9-8 in the semifinals.
Head coaching record
|Northwestern State Demons (Southland Conference) (2002–2007)|
|2005||Northwestern State||41–20||22–5||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2007||Northwestern State||25–28||15–14||4th (East)|
|Alabama Crimson Tide (Southeastern Conference) (2010–present)|
|2010||Alabama||42–25||15–15||4th (West)||NCAA Super Regional|
|2011||Alabama||35–28||14–16||T–2nd (West)||NCAA Regional|
|2013||Alabama||35–28||14–15||5th (West)||NCAA Regional|
|2014||Alabama||37–24||15–14||5th (West)||NCAA Regional|
National champion Postseason invitational champion