Adam Tribble is in his third year on the University of Alabama track and field coaching staff in 2013-14, as an assistant coach overseeing the Crimson Tide's distance runners. A veteran coach and a former world-class athlete, Tribble has developed a strong reputation as one of the nation's top coaches in his specialty.
During two seasons at Alabama, Tribble has developed the young Tide distance corps into a competitive unit on the conference level. 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-freshman squad, but the unit showed promise as the year progressed and Tribble's recruiting efforts are reaping dividends in his third season.
In his first season at Alabama in 2011, Tribble coached the women's cross country squad to its highest finish at the NCAA Regional Championships since 1988.
Prior to coming to Tuscaloosa, Tribble spent two seasons in the same role at Oregon State 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. Arkansas never finished outside of the top 20 at the NCAA Championship 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," Tribble says. "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've 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 Georgia with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, Tribble also received a graduate degree from Georgia in movement studies. In May of 2012, he married the former Meredith Crane, previously a 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 celebrated the birth of their first child, Ben, on July 17, 2013.