Wells Sets Mark for Longevity

University of Alabama head baseball coach Jim Wells became the school's all-time leader with 823rd game coached when the Crimson Tide took the field at No. 20 Mississippi State on Friday night in Starkville.

Wells broke the previous record of 822 games coached previously held by former Crimson Tide head coach Dr. Barry Shollenbeger. Shollenberger (1980-94) spent 15 years at Alabama and led the team to the 1983 SEC Championship and runner up finish to Texas as the College World Series.

Wells has compiled a 554-269 (.674) record in 13 years at Alabama and is the school's all-time winningest coach. He broke Shollenberger's record with his 488th win on March 3, 2006 as the Tide beat Appalachian State 4-3 in Tuscaloosa.

Wells has guided Alabama to two SEC Championships (1996 and 2006) and three SEC Western Division crowns (1996, 2002 and 2006). He has taken Bama to the SEC Tournament 11 times in his 13 seasons, including a trip to the 2007 SEC Tournament. The Crimson Tide has made 10 NCAA Regional appearances, two NCAA Super Regional (1999, 2006) appearances and three CWS trips (1996, 1997 and 1999).

Wells was the 1996 National Coach of the Year after leading the Crimson Tide to a 50-19 record and a trip to the College World Series. Alabama went back to Omaha in 1997 and won a school-record 57 games. The Crimson Tide is the only team in CWS history to be the No. 1 seed two years (1996-97) in a row.

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