Patrick Murphy was the first softball coach to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) – Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy was inducted into the 2022 class for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 7th. Crimson Tide head coach became the first member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for this softball sport.

Patrick Murphy was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2022
Patrick Murphy was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2022(Alabama Softball)

“I can’t thank everyone enough from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame,” Murphy said in a press release from Alabama Softball. “It’s an incredible honor. Things like this don’t happen to a guy from a small town in Iowa. ”

Murphy congratulated the other members admitted to Class 2022. He also spoke about his goals for his coaching career.

“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,” Murphy said.

Murphy is 26 at the University of Alabama and 24 as head coach. He led the UA softball team in 22 NCAA tournaments and 13 appearances in the Women’s World Series, including the 2012 state championship. He has been named SEC Coach of the Year five times, winning six SEC regular season titles and five SEC titles as head coach. He was previously inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2013 Hall of Fame.

University of Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne congratulated Coach Murphy, saying, “We are so proud of him, not only for his accomplishments on the field, but more importantly, for the impact he has had on the lives of many of the student athletes he coached. . Coach Murphy helped build Alabama Softball from the ground up and became one of the best programs in the country. He 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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