Wells Retires as Alabama Head Baseball Coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama head baseball coach Jim Wells, who took the Crimson Tide to the College World Series three times and won more games than any other at the school, announced his retirement.

The 52-year-old Wells said in a statement released by the university that he decided to retire after discussions with Athletic Director Mal Moore.

Alabama went 31-and-26 (15-and-15 in the SEC) this spring, missing out on the NCAA Tournament a season after winning the SEC title and advancing to an NCAA Super Regional.

Wells is the winningest baseball coach in Alabama history with a 553-and-272 record. His teams made ten NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the College World Series. Wells was two-time SEC Coach of the Year and his teams won six SEC Tournament titles.

Wells set a new school record for most wins by a coach during the 2006 season, when he won his 488th, beaking the mark set by Barry Shollenberger.

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