Kittrell returns to SHC as Softball Interim Head Coach
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Spring Hill College (SHC) announces that Steve Kittrell has returned to The Hill as the interim head coach of the Badgers softball program. Kittrell built a career record of 1052–644–1 (.620) in 25 seasons as the head baseball coach at the University of South Alabama (USA) from 1984 to 2011 following one season as the Badger head baseball coach in 1983.
“I am glad that Steve has agreed to lead our softball team this spring,” said SHC Director of Athletics Jim Hall. “I don’t think we could have found a more knowledgeable and respected coach and educator to coach our team. I am confident that our players are in good hands and will learn a lot this season.”
Kittrell began his coaching career as the head baseball coach at Niceville (Fla.) High School where he posted a 35–15 record in two seasons. From 1976 to 1978, he served as the head baseball coach at University Military School (UMS) in Mobile where he went 95–34. Kittrell coached at Enterprise (Ala.) State Junior College from 1979 to 1980 with a record of 52–30 before taking the reins of the Spring Hill baseball team for one season in 1983, posting a 33–19 record.
“I am very excited to be named the softball coach at Spring Hill College,” Kittrell said. “I want to thank SHC president Dr. Christopher Puto and Director of Athletics Jim Hall for giving me this opportunity. Over the past three years, I have been an assistant softball coach at Gulf Shores (Ala.) High School (GSHS) and I worked under two outstanding coaches in Trevor Powell and Brian Parrish. I want to thank both of them, GSHS, and especially the young ladies that I coached. They all made it a great experience.”
Kittrell played baseball at USA and later played one season in the Boston Red Sox organization, reaching Class-A Winter Haven.
On February 23, 2009, Kittrell became only the 50th coach in NCAA baseball history to reach the 1,000-win plateau and he led the Jaguars to 18 NCAA tournament appearances, including 10 Sun Belt Conference championships.
A member of the USA Athletic Hall of Fame, Kittrell announced his retirement from the Jaguars program on June 25, 2010 effective after the 2011 season.
Kittrell inherits a Badgers team that has enjoyed significant success over its history, especially during the past five seasons when it has built a 197-68 overall record including an 86-18 mark in conference play.
Spring Hill softball will open the 2018 season on Friday, Feb. 2, at the NCAA Division II Gulf Coast Invitational versus the Shorter University Hawks at the Sportsplex in Gulf Shores, Ala., beginning at 2:30 p.m.