Wells Steps Down as UA Baseball Coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Longtime Alabama baseball coach Jim
Wells has retired and will be replaced by assistant Mitch Gaspard.
Alabama announced the coaching change on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old Wells is the Crimson Tide's winningest baseball
coach. He has won 625 games, two Southeastern Conference
championships and six SEC tournament titles over the past 15
seasons.

He led Alabama to 12 NCAA regional appearances and three trips
to the College World Series.

Gaspard has spent nine years on the Tide's staff, including the
past two as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Gaspard spent six years as head coach at Northwestern State in
Louisiana, winning 62 percent of his games and two Southland
Conference championships.


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