Adam Tribble is in his fifth season 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.
In his two most recent season at Alabama, Tribble developed the young Tide distance corps into a competitive unit on the conference level. In 2013, Tribble’s women’s team posted the highest Alabama team finish at the NCAA South Region meet since 1987, placing third in the team standings behind All-Region performances by sophomores Katelyn Greenleaf and Meropi Panagiotou. The women followed that performance up with another third-place finish in 2014, producing two more All-Region performers in Greenleaf and sophomore Hannah Waggoner. The Crimson Tide men have continued to put together competitive finishes at both the conference and regional level, heading into 2015 with a veteran-heavy roster.
With one of the nation’s youngest teams in 2012, Tribble led the Tide women to a solid season highlighted by the development of freshman Katelyn Greenleaf into one of the top runners in the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA South Region. The 2012 Tide men were a predominantly all-freshmen squad, but the unit showed promise as the year progressed and Tribble’s recruiting efforts could begin to reap dividends this season. In his first season at Alabama, Tribble coached the 2011 women’s cross country squad to its highest finish at the NCAA Regional Championships since 1988.
Prior 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,” Waters said. “He’s educated himself in the sport as well as anyone. 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,” Tribble said. “I think Alabama is a great situation. 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.
The couple have two children, a son, Ben, and a daughter, Georgia.