Alabama looking for new women's hoops coach
by Mark Edwards
Alabama has begun a search for a women's basketball coach, according to a release by the school today.

Alabama athletics director Bill Battle announced Tide women's basketball coach Wendell Hudson has been reassigned to an administrative position within the athletics department.

“Today’s decision is a mutual one between Wendell and me,” Battle said in the release. “We have had several discussions over the last few weeks that led to this decision. Wendell has been an excellent ambassador for Alabama Athletics for many years, and I am pleased that he will continue to serve in that manner for us while also contributing to our ongoing mission in a variety of other ways as well.”

Hudson coached the team for five years and compiled a 68-87 record, including 14-64 in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide won only one game in the SEC tournament in that span.

Alabama's most successful season under Hudson came in 2011 when the Tide went 18-15 and made the Women's NIT for the first time in nine years.

“I want to thank the University for the opportunity to help rebuild the women’s basketball program over the last five years,” Hudson said in a news release. “I am particularly thankful for the efforts of the young ladies that competed for us these last five seasons, in addition to the dedication of the coaches that have worked on our staff and the many people throughout the University that have provided such tremendous support over the years. I look forward to continuing to serve my school in a productive way over the next few years.”

Hudson played basketball at Alabama during 1970-73 and was the school's first African-American scholarship athlete. He was the 1973 SEC basketball player of the year and finished his career with 1,326 points and 826 rebounds.
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