Alabama softball associate head coach Alyson Habetz is retiring.

“It is with a heavy heart overflowing with gratitude that I am retiring from The University of Alabama to help care for my mom,” said Habetz said in the official press release. “Twenty-five years ago, Patrick Murphy asked me to help him start a softball program in Tuscaloosa. Accepting his invitation led me to discover a career that has truly filled my life beyond measure. There are no words I can say to appropriately thank Coach Murphy for such a gift. I have had the privilege of coaching beside a true legend in our sport. He has created an atmosphere of growth and a culture of excellence with family and gratitude as the centerpiece. What I admire most is Murph’s ability to win championships at the highest level while constantly emphasizing the development of the person over the athlete. Sharing this journey with Coach Murphy has truly been a blessing I will treasure, and I’m extremely honored to call him a mentor and a friend.”

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Habetz joined the Crimson Tide staff in 1998 and has been associate head coach since 2007.

"“I can’t thank Aly enough for her loyalty and servant heart for the past 25 years,” said Alabama softball head coach Patrick Murphy in the official press release. “It is almost unheard of these days for a coach to stay at one school for so many years. Her legacy at Alabama will be passed down through our current and former players onto the next generation. Anyone who watched us saw her passion and fire on the field and it was always represented in the way we played."

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