Next Caucus Event, September 23, 2015: The Value of Women in Athletics and Leadership
Carol S. Hutchins, Head Softball Coach of the University of Michigan BIO
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 a.m.
Christman/MML Building, First Floor, 208 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI. 48933 See below to r.s.v.p.
Head coach Carol Hutchins embarks on her 31st season at the helm of the University of Michigan softball team in 2014-15, where she has molded the Wolverines into one of the elite programs in college softball. On December 8, 2006, Hutchins was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in recognition of her coaching success and the indelible mark she has left on both Michigan and collegiate softball.
"Hutch" has been a part of the Michigan softball program since 1983 when she joined the staff as an assistant coach under Bob DeCarolis. She moved into the head coach position in 1985 and, in each of her 30 head coaching seasons, has continued Michigan's tradition of softball success. Michigan has never suffered a losing season in all of Hutch's years with the program.
The hall of fame induction kicked off a series of career milestones that would come for Hutchins during subsequent campaigns. She is now the third-winningest coach in collegiate softball history and she ranks second in career wins among active coaches.
Head coach CarolHutchins has led the Wolverines to the Women's College World Series in 10 of the last 19 seasons, and, in 2005, the Maize and Blue became the first program east of the Mississippi River to claim the NCAA national championship when it defeated UCLA. Michigan's record-setting 2005 season was the culmination of two decades of dedication for Hutchins and her current and former players and coaches. In that magical season, Michigan set records in a number of categories, including:
First softball national championship
A program-best 65 wins
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A program-best 32 consecutive victories (spanning 47 days, from Feb. 13 to March 30)
First No. 1 ranking (March 22)
First No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament
First victory over a top-ranked opponent (6-2 win over No. 1 Arizona)
Michigan's 103 home runs tied for second on the NCAA all-time single-season home run list
Most recently, Coach Hutchins became the first Big Ten coach to reach 500 conference wins when U-M defeated Ohio State 10-0 on April 6th.
On February 28, 2007, she became just the seventh coach in NCAA softball history -- and the sixth in Division I -- to reach 1,000 career wins.
Two months later, on April 29, Michigan picked up a home doubleheader sweep vs. Wisconsin (2-1, 2-0) to net Hutchins her 1,000th career win at Michigan, strengthening her position as U-M's winningest coach in athletic department history.
On March 29, 2013 the Wolverines defeated Penn State 7-4 giving Hutchins her 1,300th career victory. She became just the third NCAA softball coach to top the 1,300-win plateau.
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