"This is certainly the most gratifying season," Wells said. "This a result of a lot good players and good assistant coaches all working towards the same goal. Our players and coaches have worked hard all season long."
After a 32-24 record (15-15 SEC, 8th place) last year, Alabama was picked to finish fourth in the 2002 SEC Western Division race by most preseason publications. The Bossier City, La., native guided his troops to a remarkable 44-12 record and the school's 10th SEC Western Division championship. Alabama was second overall in the SEC race, boasting a 20-10 league worksheet. Wells led Alabama to a school-record tying 44 regular season wins. The 2002 Crimson Tide squad is only the fourth in school history to win 20 SEC games.
The 2002 season marks the 14th time an Alabama coach has been honored as SEC Coach of the Year by his peers. Wells is one of five UA coaches to earn SEC "Coach of the Year" honors.
Wells also joins Tilden "Happy" Campbell as the only UA coach to earn SEC "Coach of the Year" honors more than once. Campbell was a nine-time winner and Wells was honored for the second time in his career this season.
The 2002 season marks the fifth time in Wells 13-year coaching career he has been tabbed Coach of the Year. Wells also won Southland Conference "Coach of the Year" honors three times (1991, 1992 and 1994) while at Northwestern State.