Michigan has locked up the winningest softball coach in NCAA history.
Carol Hutchins, who boasts a career record of 1,527-491-5, agreed to a 5-year deal with the Wolverines, the university announced Wednesday. She’ll coach through the 2022.
“I remain honored and humbled to be the head coach at Michigan,” Hutchins said in a release. “I am very appreciative to Warde [Manuel] and Bitsy [Ritt] for their hard work, leadership and continued faith in me and my staff. I have truly had a blessed career and consider myself the luckiest coach in America.”
Hutchins is in her 34th season at Michigan and has won more games than any coach in school history. Under her tutelage, the Wolverines have made 25 NCAA tournaments and advanced to 12 College World Series. They won the NCAA championship in 2005, becoming the first program east of the Mississippi River to do so.
Since 1992, Hutchins has led the Wolverines to 19 Big Ten titles. She’s also been named Big Ten Coach of the Year 16 times.
“We are delighted to announce that Hutch will finish her career here at Michigan,” athletic director Warde Manuel in a release. “She is a legend in softball coaching and a legend in Michigan’s illustrious history. More importantly, she is a phenomenal person and leader of our student-athletes. I look forward to her leading our softball program for many, many years to come.”