Alabama softball coaches honored

The University of Alabama coaching staff was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) South Region Coaching Staff of the Year, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

This year's south region honor marks the fourth time in as many years that the Alabama coaching staff has won the award and the seventh overall under head coach Patrick Murphy. The Crimson Tide finished 53-11 overall and 19-6 in Southeastern Conference play.

After winning its second-consecutive SEC regular-season championship, Alabama rolled through the post-season and into its seventh WCWS in program history.  The Crimson Tide went 3-0 in regional action and fought back from a game down to win the super regional at home against Stanford.  Alabama ended its season in the WCWS semi-finals after going 2-2.

The Crimson Tide had four players earn 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American honors. Senior Kelsi Dunne (Port Orange, Fla.), sophomore Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) and freshman Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) earned first-team accolades while senior Whitney Larsen (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) garnered second-team honors.

The four NFCA All-Americans equals the most in a single season in school history, tying the mark set in 2001 and 2008. The three first-team selections tie the most in school history with the trio in 2008.