By Stan J. Griffin: June 14, 2016
The University of Alabama softball program's 2016 season, the 20th season in the tradition-rich history of Crimson Tide softball, was yet another hugely successful one.
It was another season that included 50 wins, and the Crimson gained NCAA regional and super regional titles, and also made another trip to the Women's College World Series among other significant accomplishments.
And for those feats, UA coach Patrick Murphy and his Alabama brain trust have received a big honor.
Alabama softball’s coaching staff was named the 2016 South Region Coaching Staff of the Year, announced Monday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
The 2016 Crimson Tide coaching staff includes Murphy (18th season), Associate Head Coach Alyson Habetz (18th season), Assistant Coach Stephanie VanBrakle (4th season), Volunteer Assistant Coach Adam Arbour (4th season) and Director of Operations Kate Harris (6th season).
This is the third time this specific staff has won the award and the 10th overall for Alabama.
Alabama previously earned NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
This season, Alabama finished with a 51-14 record, posting its 12th 50-win season including 10 in the past 12 seasons. The Tide made its 11th Women’s College World Series appearance, including a streak of three straight, and its 18th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Alabama surpassed the 1,000 wins mark with a win on April 5, becoming the fourth SEC team to do so and the first among the league programs that began playing softball in 1997.
Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications