Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins, the all-time NCAA career win leader, announced her retirement on Wednesday.
She retires with a record of 1707-555-5. Hutchins never had a losing season and led the Wolverine to 12 Women’s College World Series, winning the program’s inaugural championship in 2005.
Hutchins, 65, graduated from the University of Michigan and first coached at Ferris State for one season before joining Michigan State as an assistant in 1983. Two years later, she became the head coach.
She helped the team to 22 Big Ten regular season titles and was inducted into the National Association of Fast Pitch Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006.
Referring to her work on and off the diamond, Michigan Athletic Director Ward Manuel called Hutchins a “legend”.
In her statement, Hutchins said she would “bleed forever”.
“I am very grateful for the relationship this sport has given me,” she said. “I want to express my respect and admiration to all my fellow coaches and competitors as the competition has made softball one of the greatest sports in college athletics. I thank everyone who has ever supported Michigan State softball, from our athletic and strength coaches to academic advisors, equipment managers, field crews, and more. They have been a big contributor to our success, and their commitment much appreciated. I especially want to thank the staff who have served me in Michigan over the years, but in particular my longtime assistant coaches Jennifer Brundage and Bonnie Tall, whose dedication and dedication is unmatched. I am eternally indebted to them and share with them all the success.
The announcement, made on Wednesday, did not name Hutchins’ replacement.