BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama softball head coach Patrick Murphy was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night as part of its Class of 2022, becoming its first member for the sport of softball.
“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. Congrats to everyone else honored tonight. When I started this job, I wanted to accomplish four things. I wanted to have a family atmosphere, I wanted a team full of servant leaders, I wanted a team that was full of ‘mudita’ and I wanted everyone on the team to have an attitude of gratitude. To whom much is given, much is expected in return.”
Murphy, currently in his 26th year overall at Alabama and 24th as head coach, has built Alabama softball up from its inaugural season in 1997 into a national power. He has guided the Crimson Tide to 22 NCAA Tournaments and 13 Women’s College World Series appearances, including a national championship in 2012. He has earned six SEC regular season championships and five SEC Tournament titles as head coach and has been named SEC Coach of the Year five times. Alabama student-athletes have earned 60 NFCA All-America accolades under his mentorship and 33 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. He was previously inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
“Congratulations to Coach Murphy on his induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame,” University of Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne said. “We are so proud of him, not only for his accomplishments on the field, but also, and more importantly, for the impact he’s had on the lives of the many student-athletes that he’s coached. Coach Murphy helped build Alabama Softball from the ground up and has made it into one of the nation’s top programs. He deserves every bit of this recognition and is the true definition of a hall of famer.”
Murphy is one of eight members of this year’s Alabama Sports Hall of Fame class that also includes former Crimson Tide basketball standout Keith Askins along with Doyle Alexander, William Andrews, Rusty Greer, Jake Peavy, Philip Rivers and Justin Tuck.
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