Wells Retires, Gaspard Named
Head Coach at Alabama
Head coach Jim Wells has retired at Alabama,
effective immediately. Mitch Gaspard, who has been assistant
coach and recruiting coordinator the past two seasons, will
become the new skipper of the Crimson Tide.
Wells, 54, is the winningest coach in Alabama
baseball history. He posted a record of 625-322 (.656) in 15
seasons. Wells led the Crimson Tide to a pair of SEC
championships, six SEC Tournament titles and 12 NCAA Tournament
appearances. He guided Alabama to four NCAA Regional
championships, two NCAA Super Regional appearances and three
trips to the College World Series (1996, 1997, 1999).
Wells was head coach for five years at
Northwestern State before joining the Crimson Tide. He compiled
an overall record of 817-411 (.665) in 20 seasons as a Division
I head coach.
Gaspard was head coach at Northwestern State for
six years (211-128, .622) before returning to Alabama in 2008.
He led the Demons to a pair of Southland championships, one
Southland Tournament title and a spot in the 2005 Baton Rouge
Regional. Gaspard was on Wells’ original staff at Alabama in
1995 and worked with the Crimson Tide before leaving for
After leading Jefferson High School to a Texas
state title as a shortstop, Gaspard played second base at LSU
for one year and at Houston for two seasons. He was an assistant
coach at Houston for one year and at Louisiana-Lafayette for
Gaspard agreed to a three-year contract as
Alabama head coach.
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