STARKVILLE, Miss. – Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy, associate head coach Alyson Habetz, assistant coach Stephanie VanBrakle, volunteer assistant coach Adam Arbour, student assistant coach Whitney Larsen and director of operations Kate Harris of the 2012 NCAA Division I National Champions Alabama softball team have been named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced.
Two Alabama teams have been nominated for three ESPYS, ESPN announced this week. The ESPYS celebrate the best athletes and moments of the past year in sports. The Alabama football team is up for Team of the Year after winning its second BCS National Championship in three years with a convincing 21-0 win over LSU in January. On the heels of winning its first national title in program history, the Alabama softball team has been nominated for two ESPYS, with head coach Patrick Murphy up for Best Coach/Manager while sophomore All-American pitcher Jackie Traina is a Best Female College Athlete nominee.
The Alabama softball team claimed its first national championship in program history as it downed Oklahoma, 5-4, Wednesday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. With the win, Alabama won the best-of-three series against the Sooners, 2-1, and finished the season, 60-8. The Crimson Tide becomes the first school from the Southeastern Conference to ever win a national title in softball. Oklahoma ends their season with a 54-10 record.
The number two seed Alabama softball team (56-7) had a big first inning that led to a 5-3 victory over Tennessee (52-13), in its opening round game of the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday evening. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves into the winner’s bracket for the second consecutive year.