On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, it is important to remember the women’s sports trailblazers. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was a great athlete and has become college softball’s all-time winningest coach. But her more important contributors have come in fighting for opportunities for female athletes. In a story for espnW, I look back at Hutch’s Title IX history.
The Michigan Softball Academy, held for the eighth straight year last week, allows adults to take the field and learn from the sport’s all-time winningest coach and her players, all while raising more than $130,000 for breast cancer research.
Carol Hutchins has Michigan softball on the brink of another College World Series appearance. In this, her 32nd season, she became the winningest coach in NCAA history. How does she recruit in a sport typically dominated by warm weather schools? How does she mold that talent into perennial champions? Find out in my profile for Excelle Sports, a website dedicated to women’s sports.