BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama softball head coach Patrick Murphy was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night as part of its 2022 class, becoming the first member of the softball sport.
“I can’t thank everyone from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame enough,” Murphy said. “It’s an incredible honor. This kind of thing doesn’t happen to a guy from a small town in Iowa. Congratulations to everyone who’s honored tonight. When I started this business, I wanted to achieve four things. I wanted to have a family atmosphere, I wanted a team full of servant leaders, I wanted a team full of ‘mudita’ and I wanted everyone on the team to have an attitude of gratitude. To whom a lot is given, a lot is expected in return. “
Murphy, who is currently 26 years old in Alabama and 24th as head coach, has built Alabama softball since his first season in 1997 into a national force. He led Crimson Tide in 22 NCAA tournaments and 13 appearances in the Women’s World Series, including the 2012 state championship. He won six SEC regular season titles and five SEC tournament titles as head coach and was named SEC Coach of the Year five times. Alabama student-athletes have earned 60 NFCA All-America awards under his mentorship and 33 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards. He was previously inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2013 Hall of Fame.
“Congratulations to Coach Murphy on his induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame,” said the Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama. Greg Byrne He said. We are so proud of him, not only for his accomplishments on the field, but also, more importantly, for the impact he has had on the lives of many of the student athletes he coached. Coach Murphy helped build the Alabama Softball from taking root one of the nation’s best programs. It deserves every bit of this recognition and is the true definition of a house of fame. “
Murphy is one of eight members of this year’s Alabama Sports Hall of Fame that also includes former Crimson Tide basketball player Keith Askins along with Doyle Alexander, William Andrews, Rusty Greer, Jake Peavy, Philip Rivers and Justin Tuck.
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