Murphy jilts LSU, returns to Alabama softball

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced Sunday afternoon that softball head coach Patrick Murphy has returned to UA as head coach after leaving on Thursday, June 9, to take the head coaching job at LSU.

Murphy contacted LSU officials on Sunday to let them know that he had decided not to accept the job and Moore accepted Murphy's request to return to UA when the coach contacted Moore on Sunday afternoon.

"I am glad to see that he has had a change of heart because I have always known that he is one of the finest coaches in America," Moore said. Murphy guided Alabama to a 53-11 record this past season that included a third place finish at the WCWS and a second straight Southeastern Conference regular season title.

Under his direction in 2011 Murphy had four players earn NFCA All-American honors and five garner All-SEC accolades, including two-time SEC Pitcher of the Year Kelsi Dunne.

In his 13 seasons at Alabama, Murphy has amassed a 712-210 overall record and a 287-86 mark in league contests while guiding the Crimson Tide to seven WCWS, seven SEC championships (four tournament and three regular season) and a postseason berth every season.

Alyson Habetz, Alabama's associate head coach who joined Murphy at LSU, also will return as part of the staff.