Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins has become the sport’s all-time winningest coach.
The second-ranked Wolverines defeated Indiana, 8-0, in Bloomington, on Saturday afternoon, giving Hutchins her 1,458th victory in 33 years of coaching, her 32nd at Michigan.
Hutchins broke the record set by Margie Wright, who established the mark after 33 years of coaching. Wright, an idol of Hutchins, spent the last 27 years at Fresno State before retiring in 2012.
As soon as the game ended, Michigan’s players and assistant coaches celebrated with Hutchins and a group of UM fans in the crowd unfurled a banner: “Hail Hutch! 1,458 Wins”
Megan Betsa struck out eight in the Wolverines’ victory.
Former Michigan pitcher Jennie Ritter told The Detroit News for a story earlier this week that she thought Hutchins, who led the Wolverines to a national title in 2005 and a runner-up finish last summer, already was the winningest coach. Hutchins’ record is 1,458-474-4.
“You just assume she wins all the time, and she does,” Ritter said. “I think she cares about this, but it’s the least important thing. She’s proud of her success, but she’s more proud of us. It’s a milestone and it should be something everyone celebrates, but that’s not Hutch. Hutch will say to her players, ‘You did it all.’ Of course she’s the best – that’s how we all think about her.”
Winningest coaches in NCAA softball history
1. Carol Hutchins, Ferris State / Michigan, 33 years, 1,458-474-4
2. Margie Wright: Illinois State / Fresno State, 33 years, 1,457-542-3
3. Mike Candrea, Arizona, 31 years, 1,450-368-2
4. Yvette Girouard, Louisiana-Lafayette / LSU, 31 years, 1,285-421-1
5. Gayle Blevins, Indiana / Iowa, 31 years, 1,245-588-5