Nov. 7, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan and head softball coach Carol Hutchins have agreed to a five-year contract extension, director of athletics Dave Brandon announced on Wednesday (Nov. 7). The extension will keep Hutchins at Michigan through the 2017 season.
"I continue to be blessed to be the head coach at the University of Michigan," Hutchins said. "I am grateful to Dave Brandon and (senior associate athletic director) Bitsy Ritt for their continued support of me, my coaching staff and our program. They have invested so much in our program and we look forward to the future."
"Coach Hutchins continues to be a tremendous asset to our athletic department and University," said Brandon. "She is a great leader of young women and has proven to be one of the most successful coaches in the history of collegiate softball. We are excited to have her continued leadership both on and off the diamond."
Hutchins has been at the helm of Michigan softball since 1985, recently completing her 28th season in 2012. She is the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA history and second among active coaches with a 1,264-435-4 career record. She has spent all but one year of her coaching career in Ann Arbor, compiling a 1,251-424-4 mark as Michigan's head coach.
Hutchins has led the Wolverines to the Women's College World Series in nine of the last 17 seasons, and, in 2005, the Maize and Blue became the first program east of the Mississippi River to claim the NCAA softball championship when it defeated UCLA. The Wolverines have won 15 of the last 20 Big Ten Titles, including their current run of five straight after capturing the 2012 championship.
She has earned 13 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year honors, eight NFCA Regional Coach of the Year awards and a pair of NFCA National Coach of the Year laurels. Hutchins has been inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Lansing Area Hall of Fame.
The Wolverines have received 50 total All-America citations under Hutchins, including 15 first-team nods, while 10 have earned Academic All-America accolades. Michigan players have been named Big Ten Player of the Year 16 times, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year 13 times and Big Ten Freshman of the Year 11 times during her coaching tenure. Wolverine players have accumulated 118 Academic All-Big Ten awards, 153 All-Big Ten citations and 98 All-Mideast or All-Great Lakes Region certificates.
Hutchins and the Wolverines are coming off a 42-17 record in 2012, winning the Big Ten title and an NCAA Regional title before falling to eventual national champion Alabama in the Super Regional.