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January 10, 2017

espnW Pat Summitt Coaching Award

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Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins celebrates a play during the seventh inning against Iowa at Alumni Field on Sunday afternoon. Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com

Last month, University of Michigan Softball Coach, Carol Hutchins, received the inaugural espnW Pat Summitt Coaching Award.

The espnW Pat Summitt Coaching Award is given to those who encompass the spirit and influence of the late Pat Summitt, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and died in June 2016. Among her many achievements in coaching basketball, Summitt’s biggest accomplishment was being loved and respected by her players.

Coach Carol Hutchins played shortstop at Michigan State University in the 1970s and since has taken her love for the game to pave the way for women in the sport by coaching. Three decades later, she has seen a field turn into a stadium. On national television, Hutchins has guided the University of Michigan Softball team to become the first from east of the Mississippi River to win an NCAA championship. With her guidance, Michigan softball has accomplished 19 Big Ten conference titles and has never had a losing season.

Her coaching success is matched with her commitment to her players and her contribution to women’s athletics. One student-athlete shared her thoughts with Locker Room Talk on Coach Hutchins, “She is amazing in every way. She is inspiring, motivating, loving, and overall an incredible person.”

Hutchins embodies the many great characteristics as Pat Summitt and shows no signs of nearing the end of anything. With Coach Hutchins, it’s all about respect for the game, respect for teammates and respect for people.

Hays, G.,(2016) Espnw Pat Summitt Coaching Award — Michigan Softball Coach Carol Hutchins”. EspnW. N.p., 2016.


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