(Greensboro, NC)---The American Baseball Coaches Association has announced seven individuals to be inducted to the ABCA Hall of Fame in January 2019. They include former University of South Alabama head coach, Steve Kittrell.
Kittrell retired following the 2011 season, having compiled 1,052 victories in 28 seasons with the Jaguars. Kittrell won his 1,000th game in 2009, making him the 50th coach in NCAA baseball history to reach that milestone.
Across his 28 seasons with the Jaguars, Kittrell was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year six times, won 14 Sun Belt regular-season championships, eight league tournament titles and reached the NCAA Regionals 18 times.
Also during his tenure, Kittrell had 22 student-athletes earn All-America honors, 41 all-region selections as well 79 individuals who received all-conference accolades; that group included five Sun Belt Players of the Year as well as the conference's Pitcher of the Year in 2006. He also coached a pair of Academic All-Americans.
Kittrell, a longtime ABCA member, also served seven years on the ABCA All-America Committee. In addition to his ABCA Hall of Fame induction, Kittrell is also a member of the University of South Alabama Athletics Hall of Fame (1993), Mobile (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame (2004) and Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2007).
Kittrell returned to his alma mater, South Alabama, in 1984, following stints at Niceville High School (Fla.), University Military School (Ala.), Enterprise State Junior College (Ala.) and Spring Hill College (Ala.). At those four stops, Kittrell posted a combined 215-98 record.
Currently, Kittrell is serving as the head softball coach at Spring Hill College. In 2018, Kittrell’s Badgers 18-1 in conference play in 2018.
Kitrell graduated from South Alabama in 1971 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation. He still holds the program record as a player for four-year players with a .368 batting average. His No. 3 jersey is retired by the Jaguars.
The ABCA Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes:
Joe Carbone, Ohio University
Gary "Bo" Collins, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Ron Davini, Corona del Sol High School (Ariz.)
Pat Doyle, San Joaquin Delta College (Calif.)
Dave Grant, Glendale Community College (Ariz.)
Steve Kittrell, University of South Alabama
Scott Pickler, Cypress College (Calif.)
The 2019 ABCA Hall of Fame inductions will be held during the 75th annual ABCA Convention on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Registration for the convention as well as tickets to attend the Hall of Fame banquet will go on sale September 1.
Induction to the ABCA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the organization. The ABCA was founded in 1945 and the Hall of Fame began in 1966.