Alabama's coaching tree grows
The conference portion of her team's schedule only just under way, Samford softball coach Mandy Burford was already missing the ace of her pitching staff and her most productive hitter, each player sidelined by a season-ending injury. A potentially promising second season for one of the youngest coaches in Division I had turned into a test of tactical and motivational acumen.
And that was before one of her players, already one of those farthest from home, showed up heartbroken by ...
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