Author: CW Sports Staff

Burks wins women's long jump title on 5th attempt

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Marquis Munson) By Marquis Munson | Contributing Writer For Alabama’s Quanesha Burks, the fifth time’s the charm. On her fifth attempt of the day, Burks jumped a wind-aided 22 feet, 8 inches in the women’s long jump. She had another attempt, but she didn’t need it as she finished her record-breaking outdoor track and field season winning the biggest prize of 
them all. Burks went into the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with the top seed in the long jump competition and walked out of Eugene, Oregon, with the 2015 NCAA Championship. “My coaches [have] been there for me and humbling me,” Burks said. “My family also been supporting me and without them I wouldn’t have made it this far.” The sophomore sprinter and jumper from Hartselle, Alabama, finished with a leap of 22-8, her personal best, to win Alabama women’s track and field team its first NCAA long jump championship. She became the first women’s NCAA champion in a field event for the Crimson Tide since Beth Mallory won the discus in 2005. “She’s a tremendous competitor,” head coach Dan Waters said. “She had complete focus and you can see by her body language and the way that she was handling herself she was poised to win.” Burks continues to rewrite history in the long jump competition. She currently holds nine of the 10 best...

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Shelley Godwin joins women's tennis coaching staff

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Kelly Ward) Shelley Godwin has been named the new assistant coach for women’s tennis, head coach Jenny Mainz announced Friday in a release. Godwin spent the last four years as Middle Tennessee State’s women’s tennis head coach. She led the Blue Raiders to four consecutive winning seasons. She coached two ranked singles players. In the 2014-15 season, the Blue Raiders were ranked as high as No. 65 in the ITA rankings and finished the year at No. 75, which was the first time the team finished the season ranked in more than 10 years. Godwin played at Alabama from 2005-09. “It’s great to welcome back former UA women’s tennis standout Shelley Godwin to our Alabama family,” Mainz said. “Our Alabama women’s tennis program has taken a giant step forward with Shelley’s commitment to return to her alma mater to coach. Shelley has done a commendable job in her coaching career where she has coached the same way she competed for the Tide – with a fierce competitive spirit and a genuine love for the game.” After graduating in 2009, Godwin spent two years at Michigan State as an assistant head coach. The Spartans ranked as high as No. 52 in 2010-11. As a member of the Crimson Tide, she had 88 combined victories, 59 of which came in singles play. She served as the captain in her...

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Avery Johnson adds veteran AAU coach Pospichal to Alabama basketball staff

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Sean Landry) Avery Johnson has announced the addition of former AAU coach Scott Pospichal to his staff at Alabama via a UA Athletics press release. Pospichal comes to the Crimson Tide with over 30 years of coaching experience at developmental levels, including a decade-long stint with the Texas Titans, one of the premier developmental basketball teams in the nation. During Pospichal’s time, the team won four AAU championships. “Scott is a legendary AAU coach and we are very excited for him to join our program at the University of Alabama,” Johnson said in the release. “During his time with the Texas Titans, he has helped develop numerous players who have went on to do great things at the college and professional levels. He is an excellent coach who specializes in the offensive part of the game and is a great communicator.” Pospichal also has experience at the collegiate level, serving as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte in the mid 1980s and head coach of Palm Beach Community College from 1987 to 1995. He compiled a .715 winning percentage and left as the Mocs’ all-time winningest coach. “I feel like I’ve received the golden ticket for this opportunity to be the assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama,” Pospichal said. “Coach Johnson and I have had a relationship dating back for...

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Johnson adds veteran AAU coach Pospichal to staff

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Sean Landry) By Sean Landry | Contributing Writer Avery Johnson announced the addition of former AAU coach Scott Pospichal to his staff at Alabama via a UA Athletics release. Pospichal comes to the Crimson Tide with over 30 years of coaching experience at developmental levels, including a decade-long stint with the Texas Titans, one of the premier developmental basketball teams in the nation. During Pospichal’s time, the team won four 
AAU championships. “Scott is a legendary AAU coach and we are very excited for him to join our program at the University of Alabama,” Johnson said in the release. “During his time with the Texas Titans, he has helped develop numerous players who have went on to do great things at the college and professional levels. He is an excellent coach who specializes in the offensive part of the game and is a 
great communicator.” Pospichal also has experience at the collegiate level, serving as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte in the mid 1980s and head coach of Palm Beach Community College from 1987 to 1995. “I feel like I’ve received the golden ticket for this opportunity to be 
the assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama,” Pospichal said. “Coach Johnson and I have had a relationship dating back for a few years now. I have always believed in him...

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Three Alabama players selected in MLB Draft

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Kelly Ward) The Southeastern Conference has been the dominant conference in football. Fifty-four former SEC football players were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. SEC baseball isn’t far behind. The first two picks of the 2015 MLB Draft were SEC shortstops. Four of the first eight picks play in the SEC for teams in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Through two days of the MLB Draft, three current Alabama players have been selected along with a first-round pick who was signed to play at Alabama. Take a look at Alabama’s current players who were drafted: Mikey White, SS, Jr. Pick: 63rd overall Team: Oakland Athletics Career at Alabama: Avg.: .308 Hits: 211 Runs: 132 RBI: 98 BB: 77 SO: 136 Casey Hughston, OF, So. Pick: 96th overall Team: Pittsburgh Pirates Career at Alabama: Avg.: .306 Hits: 125 Runs: 56 RBI: 69 BB: 27 SO: 106 Taylor Guilbeau, LHP, Sr. Pick: 314th Team: Washington Nationals Career at Alabama: ERA: 3.95 W-L: 12-11 CG: 2 IP: 216 1/3 BB: 123 SO: 176 Opp. Avg.: .260 …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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