Tide Track Adds Distance Coach

Almost anytime a change is made in a head coach, there are going to be ramifications for that sport. This year there has been a dramatic change in the Alabama track and field program.

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore has used the retirement of former Bama Men's Track and Field Coach Harvey Glance and the resignation of former Crimson Tide Women's Track and Field Coach Sandy Fowler to remake the department. Dan Waters was brought in from Texas A&M to combine the men's and women's programs into one team.

Part of the fallout is that Alabama lost an outstanding men's distance coach in Joe Walker, who has been reported as joining the track and field staff at Louisville.

This week Waters announced that Adam Tribble will join the Bama staff, working primarily with the Crimson Tide's distance runners.

"Adam was a guy that I coached at the University of Georgia and I've always recognized his deep passion for the sport and he's educated himself in the sport as well as anyone," Waters said. "He has a fantastic relationship with distance runners and knows how to relate to them. He brings a great element of organization and energy to our staff."

Tribble spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State following stints at Arkansas and his alma mater, Georgia.

"When Coach Waters talked to me about this position he made it sound like an incredible opportunity and I think Alabama is a great situation," Tribble said. "There is a commitment to track and cross country that is very exciting and a great thing to be a part of. The opportunity to be able to come back into the SEC is something I've wanted to do, especially to a program like Alabama."

During his five seasons at Arkansas he helped coach the Razorbacks' women's team to three-straight SEC Cross Country Championships and a pair of runner-up finishes. Arkansas never fell out of the top 20 at the NCAA Championships under his watch and finished as high as fifth in 2006.

While a student at Georgia under Waters' tutelage, Tribble was a two-year captain of the Bulldog track and field team, earning All-Region honors in cross country. He also finished 46th in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon in 2008.

A 2002 graduate of Georgia with a degree in health and physical education, he also received a graduate degree from Georgia in movement studies.

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