Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama women’s basketball to take on NC State and Elon in Puerto Rico Clasico

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Abby Howell) The Alabama women’s basketball team will travel to Fajardo, Puerto Rico to compete in the Puerto Rico Clasico over Thanksgiving. This tournament will run Nov. 22-26 and all games will be played at the Fajardo Arena. The Crimson Tide is slated to face North Carolina State and Elon, which were a pair of NCAA tournament teams from a season ago. “This is going to be a great opportunity for us to play two teams that finished with top 40 RPIs and both made the NCAA tournament,” head coach Kristy Curry said. “We know this will be a great early season challenge in a unique environment, and we are looking forward to that challenge.” The NC State Wolfpack ended the 2016-17 season with a 23-9 record overall and a 12-4 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference to earn a final ranking of No. 17 in the nation. Alabama and NC State will be meeting for the first time since 2011 and sixth time in the series. The Crimson Tide owns a slight advantage, with a 3-2 record; however, the Wolfpack came away victorious in the last meeting, winning 79-57. The Elon Phoenix closed with a 27-7 overall record, winning the Colonial Athletic Association championship and making the program’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament. November’s matchup will be the second ever between Alabama and Elon. The...

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Pierre Ouellette named All-American

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) For the first time since Alabama hockey became a Division I club sport, one of its athletes has been named to an All-American team. Defenseman Pierre Ouellette was selected to receive the honor. The Dieppe, Nebraska native led all defensemen in scoring with 43 points, 19 goals and 24 assists. He finished second in goals and sixth in assists among defensemen. “Winning this award is a huge honor for myself and also for the hockey program here at the University of Alabama,” Ouellette said. “Being the first player to win the award in the Division I-era is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.” Ouellette is only the second Alabama player ever to be named an All-American. Adam English was named an All-American four straight years, 2006-2009. Ouellette transferred from Oswego State, making this past season his first as a member of the Crimson Tide. Taylor Joseph, who was Ouellette’s teammate and roommate while at Oswego State, transferred to Alabama with Ouellette. Together the two were a force for the Crimson Tide. Ouellette finished tied for third in goals and points on the team, while Joseph led the team in both categories with 26 goals and 57 points. “Both of them together brought in a professional way of going about things,” head coach John Bierchen said. “The way he (Ouellette) influenced...

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Brad Bohannon introduced as 32nd coach in program history

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) With the hire of Brad Bohannon, Alabama will start its season with a different coach for the third time in as many years. However, Bohannon is determined that the team will be run differently than a year ago. “My goal moving forward is to make Alabama the absolute best place to play college baseball in the country,” Bohannon said. “We are going to be a players-first program. Everything that we do as a coaching staff is going to be about our kids getting their college degree, them grow as men and help them become the best version of themselves.” He wants the alumni to be as involved as possible, unlike last year. This is Bohannon’s first job as a head coach. He has been an assistant coach since 2004 with Kentucky (2004-2015) and Auburn (2016-2017). “When you get into college coaching, it’s a tough road,” Bohannon said. “You move around like crazy, living week to week, working baseball camps for peanuts, and when you’re doing that, at times, you question what you are doing.” Bohannon started as an assistant coach at Wake Forrest and moved on to Lexington, Ky. There he served under John Cohen, the current athletic director at Mississippi State. “He saw something in me. That I’m not too sure I saw in myself,” Bohannon said. Bohannon was hired just eight days after...

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Alabama hockey releases schedule

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) The Alabama hockey team will start its 2016-2017 season on Sept. 1 against St. Bonaventure. The Crimson Tide begins with a four-game home stand against St. Bonaventure and Oklahoma. Both matchups are the only time the teams will play each other this season. Alabama plays Arkansas twice this year, for the team’s only SEC matchup of the season. The first series is at home on Sept. 22-23, while the second comes a few months later on Nov. 17-18. The Crimson Tide has a home/away four-game series against Midland with the first two games at Midland. The series starts Dec. 1. Overall, the Crimson Tide will play 11 of its weekend series at home this year, at the Pelham Civic Complex. After a six-game road trip, Alabama will finish its season with a matchup against Indiana on Feb. 24. There will be two series where the team will play on Thursday and Friday –the Oklahoma and Utah series– instead of playing Friday and Saturday. Alabama finished 19-14-0-2 in its second season in ACHA division I club hockey. Last season was also the first year for coach John Birchen. Alabama played better at home than on the road last season. The Crimson Tide finished the 2016-2017 season 11-4 at home, while maintaining an 8-10 record on the road. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Brad Bohannon named Alabama head baseball Coach

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) It took just over a week for athletic director Greg Byrne to find the newest Alabama baseball coach. Byrne announced on Thursday that Brad Bohannon would be the 32nd baseball coach of the Crimson Tide. “I am excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Brad Bohannon to be our new head baseball coach at The University of Alabama,” said Byrne. “As we began the search and studied our successful rosters from the past regional and College World Series teams, it became apparent that we needed our head coach to be very strong in recruiting in the state Alabama, the Southeast and then completing the roster with national recruits. The vision that Brad shared for Alabama baseball matched that recruiting philosophy and coupled it with a great coaching pedigree and a commitment to the student-athlete, both as a baseball player and as a well-rounded student.” Bohannon has been in the SEC as an assistant coach since 2004 with Kentucky (2004-2015) and Auburn (2016-2017). He has been part of the turnaround for both programs he coached. He helped Auburn win 12 more games than the previous year, on the way to a regional berth. While at Kentucky, Bohannon helped the Wildcats go from worst to first, on the way to a SEC Championship. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I cannot wait...

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