Adam Tribble is in his fourth year on the University of Alabama track and field coaching staff as an assistant coach overseeing the Crimson Tide's distance runners. A veteran coach and a former standout athlete, Tribble has developed a strong reputation as one of the nation's top coaches in his specialty.
At Alabama, Tribble has developed the Tide distance corps into a competitive unit on the conference level. n 2013 and 2014, Tribble assisted the Crimson Tide women’s cross country team to the highest Alabama team finishes at the NCAA South Region meet since 1987, placing third in the team standings both years behind all-Region performances by Katelyn Greenleaf (twice), Meropi Panagiotou and Hannah Waggoner. Over the last two seasons, the Tide women have won five team titles during the regular season finishing third at the 2014 SEC Championships and sixth at the 2013 SEC meet. The Crimson Tide men also have improved, posting competitive finishes at the SEC and Region meets including a sixth-place finish at the 2014 SEC meet.
With one of the nation’s youngest teams over the last three seasons, Tribble has led the Tide women into contention while the men's team continues to build into a contender among the SEC's upper division teams.
Prior to coming to Tuscaloosa, Tribble spent two seasons in the same role at Oregon State University following stints at Arkansas and his alma mater, Georgia, where he was coached by current Alabama head coach Dan Waters.
“I’ve always recognized Adam’s deep passion for the sport and he’s educated himself in the sport as well as anyone,” says Waters. “He has a fantastic relationship with distance runners and knows how to relate to them. Adam also brings a great level of organization and energy to our staff.”
During his five seasons at Arkansas, Tribble helped coach the Razorbacks women’s team that won three straight SEC cross country championships and posted a pair of runner-up finishes. The Arkansas women never finished outside of the top 20 at the NCAA Championships under his watch and finished as high as fifth in 2006.
“When coach Waters talked to me about this position, it was obviously an incredible opportunity and I think Alabama is a great situation,” says Tribble. “There is a commitment to track and cross country that is very exciting and a great thing to be a part of. The opportunity to be able to come back into the SEC is something I wanted to do, especially to a program like Alabama.”
While at Georgia under Waters, Tribble was a two-year captain of the Bulldogs track and field team and earned all-region honors in cross country. He finished 46th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.
A 2002 graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, Tribble also received a master’s degree from Georgia in movement studies. In May of 2012, he married Meredith Crane, a former cross country and distance coach at the University of Mississippi. Meredith is a volunteer assistant coach at Alabama, working with the distance runners.
Meredith and Adam are the parents of two children, their son, Ben, and their daughter, Georgia.