This year's Power of Pink slate gets underway Friday at 5 p.m. with cross country's Crimson Classic at the Harry Pritchett Running Course. It will be followed that night by the volleyball team's 7 p.m. match against Texas A&M in Foster Auditorium. The soccer team will hold its 2013-14 Power of Pink game Sunday at 1 p.m. against Kentucky at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.
Alabama head coach Todd Bramble enters his sixth season managing the Crimson Tide in 2013, taking the program to new heights under his tutelage, both on and off the field.
In the classroom, Alabama has garnered recognition as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named the Crimson Tide to its College Team Academic Award list for an unprecedented fourth straight year in 2012. To be eligible a team must have a cumulative grade point average above 3.0 during an academic year.
During his six seasons at the helm of the Crimson Tide program, Bramble has produced five NSCAA Academic All-Region performers and has placed over 70 players on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
On the pitch, the Tide finished with an 8-9-2 overall mark during the 2012 campaign. Alabama was able to accomplish some program firsts, including the first-ever victory over nationally-ranked Florida. Additionally, UA was led on the year by three All-SEC performers - the most in one season in program history.
Topping the list was true freshman Merel Van Dongen, who became the first player in program history to earn the league's freshman of the year honor. Van Dongen also was named to the NSCAA All-South Region Second Team, TopDrawerSoccer.com's Freshman Team of the Season and All-SEC Second Team a year ago. Joining her as all-conference performers were Pia Rijsdijk (Second Team) and Katie Bourgeois (All-Freshmen Team).
In only his fourth season at the helm in 2011, Bramble led Alabama to its first NCAA tournament berth since 1998 and the second in program history. He also guided the Tide to its first winning record since 2003.
Alabama finished 2011 with a 10-9-3 overall record, downing three ranked opponents in one season for the first time in program history. UA went across the country to down No. 22 San Diego State, 1-0, and then later beat No. 24 Tennessee, 1-0. The Tide upset the top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks in the SEC Tournament, 1-0.
Individually, Justine Bernier was named to the 2011 All-SEC second team while Pia Rijsdijk and Theresa Diederich garnered SEC all-freshman team accolades. Rijsdijk also was named to the NSCAA All-South Region third team.
In Bramble's third season at the Capstone, the 2010 Alabama soccer team finished with an 8-8-2 record, the second time in three seasons that the Tide had finished .500 or better.
Bramble led the 2010 Tide to an undefeated start in the first five matches of the league season, the first Alabama squad since 1995 to do so. Over that span, the Tide earned a 1-1 draw against No. 6 Florida, which marked the program's first points against the Gators since 2005.
Three 2010 players nabbed All-SEC honors, which tied the 2004 team for the most in school history. Goalkeeper Justine Bernier became the first Alabama player since 1999 to earn first-team accolades. Forward Victoria Frederick was named to the second team and newcomer Molly Atherton nabbed SEC all-freshman honors.
Bernier also became just the second player in school history to be named a first team NSCAA All-Region selection. Over the course of the season, the goalkeeper broke the school record in saves and shutouts.
In his second season at the helm, Bramble welcomed 11 new players to the fold as he started to sculpt the program in 2009. The team finished 6-11-1 overall in the rebuilding year but did earn some big wins.
The Crimson Tide claimed the 2009 Red Raider Classic tournament title by defeating host Texas Tech in thrilling fashion, by netting a goal in the final seconds of the final overtime. Alabama then went on to beat TCU to earn the tournament title.
In his first season at the helm of the Crimson Tide in 2008, Bramble immediately made his mark. Bramble led Alabama to a 9-9-2 overall record and a 4-6-1 mark in SEC play. The four wins were the most by any Alabama team since 2004 and the four victories in the first seven games of the conference slate was the most since 1998. Alabama also earned its first appearance to the SEC Tournament since 2004.
Alabama made an incredible transformation on the defensive end, as the Crimson Tide posted eight shutouts, including a school record six clean sheets to start the home slate. The eight shutouts ranked second in the league during the 2008 campaign.
Bramble took charge of the Alabama soccer program after a successful seven-year stint as head coach at Clemson University.
"Todd's record of on-field achievement and success in the classroom made him a standout candidate for our job at Alabama," former UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said upon Bramble's hiring. "Todd has a proven resume of consistent success and is a good fit to lead our program to the next level. He's a proven evaluator of talent, a strong recruiter, and a hard worker who will field a tough, smart, competitive team."
During Bramble's tenure at Clemson, he took the Lady Tigers to the NCAA Tournament every season, reaching the NCAA quarterfinals once and the NCAA round of 16 twice. In addition, his teams finished in the top 25 nationally five times and have placed in the top three in the Atlantic Coast Conference three times. Bramble had an 80-51-17 overall record and with no losing seasons at Clemson.
"It's a tremendous honor to be joining such a prestigious academic institution and an athletic department with a rich tradition of success," Bramble said. "Alabama made such a strong impression on me and my wife that the opportunity from a professional standpoint and being able to move our family to the Tuscaloosa community was impossible to pass up."
In 2007, Bramble led Clemson to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year, advancing to the second round before falling to 15th-ranked Tennessee, 1-0. The Tigers posted a 10-6-5 record with victories over 23rd-ranked Long Beach State and seventh-ranked South Carolina. Bramble's Tigers played nine ranked teams in 2007 and posted an 8-2-1 home record. Three Tigers earned all-ACC honors and two were recognized with CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Bramble had 18 wins over top-25 teams at Clemson, including top-five wins on the road in 2004 at fourth-ranked Texas and fifth-ranked Texas A&M. It marked the first time in 20 years, dating back to the men's soccer team in 1984, that any Clemson team in any sport defeated top-five teams in consecutive road games.
Bramble's Clemson teams had an equally impressive record in the classroom, posting a 3.0 or better cumulative team grade-point average all 13 semesters that he led the team and a 3.25 or better team GPA for seven consecutive semesters. Seven NSCAA Academic selections played under Bramble.
Bramble served as the top assistant under Clemson head men's soccer coach Trevor Adair from 1995-99. The Tigers had three top-12 seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals twice and the round of 16 three times in those five seasons. The 1998 team finished with a 22-2 overall record and a No. 1 final regular-season national ranking, also winning the ACC Championship that season.
Prior to being an assistant men's coach at Clemson, Bramble also served under Adair as an assistant at Brown University in Providence, R. I., from 1991-94. The 1994 Brown team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Prior to joining Clemson as the head women's coach, Bramble was the head coach of the men's soccer program at Butler University in Indianapolis for the 2000 season.
Bramble also has coached at the international level, as an assistant coach for the United States under-17 national team that competed in the 1999 World Championships.
Bramble received a degree in business management from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., in 1995. He was an all-conference goalkeeper at Mercer before spending one year in the National Professional Soccer League with the Memphis Rogues (1989-90). The native of Atlanta, Ga., is married to the former Cindy Rivard. The couple has two children: Cole and Morgan.
Todd Bramble Career Capsule at Clemson
In 2007, Bramble led Clemson to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year, advancing to the second round before falling to Southeastern Conference foe 15th-ranked Tennessee, 1-0. The Tigers posted a 10-6-5 record with victories over 23rd-ranked Long Beach State and seventh-ranked South Carolina. Bramble's Tigers played nine ranked teams in 2007 and posted an impressive 8-2-1 home record. Three Tigers earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and two players were recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-District.
The 2006 Lady Tigers reached the NCAA quarterfinals and were ranked 14th in the final NSCAA poll. Bramble's team achieved an NCAA Tournament first in 2006 when the team advanced on penalty kicks in three consecutive matches, tying Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State and Stanford in all three matches. The Lady Tigers recorded two wins over top 25 teams, including a 2-1 victory over ninth-ranked Wake Forest at Riggs Field. The team finished the season with an 11-8-5 overall record and four Lady Tigers earned all-ACC accolades in 2006.
During the 2005 season, Clemson finished with a 9-9-2 overall record and participated in the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C. Clemson recorded two 2005 upsets over top-12 teams, sixth-ranked Duke and 12th-ranked Wake Forest. Three Lady Tigers were named to the all-ACC second team.
In 2004, Clemson finished with a 10-8-2 record overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th straight season in the program's history. Five players were named all-ACC and Clemson ranked 25th in the final Soccer America poll.
The 2003 Lady Tigers finished with an 11-7-2 record, a 10th straight berth in the NCAA Tournament and a final NSCAA ranking of 17th. Four Clemson players were selected to the all-ACC team and Courtney Foster was named first-team Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz magazine.
In 2002, Bramble guided the Lady Tigers to a 14-8 record overall and another NCAA appearance. The Lady Tigers reached the championship of the ACC Tournament that season. Delilah Arrington was named the ACC's Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American. Three Lady Tigers were named to the all-ACC team and Clemson was ranked 14th in the final NSCAA poll.
In his first season in 2001, Bramble led the Lady Tigers to a 15-5-1 record overall and a No. 11 final national ranking. Clemson also advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the fifth time in program history. Katie Carson was named a third team All-American by the NSCAA and three Clemson players were named all-ACC.
Bramble Quick Facts: Playing Experience College - Lettered four years at Mercer; Named All-Conference in 1988 Professional - Played for the Memphis Rogues of the NPSL in 1989-90 Education Graduated from Mercer in 1995; earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Coaching Experience Assistant Men's Coach at Brown from 1991-94 Assistant Men's Coach at Clemson from 1995-99 Head Men's Coach at Butler in 2000 Head Women's Coach at Clemson from 2001 to 2007 Head Women's coach at Alabama from 2008-present Post Season Experience Assistant Men's Coach at Brown NCAA Quarterfinal Round in 1994. Assistant Men's Coach at Clemson three trips to the NCAA Tournament between 1995 and 1999 including two appearances in the quarterfinals and three sweet 16 appearances. Head Women's Coach at Clemson Lady Tiger advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001, his first season as head coach; Clemson also participated in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Tournaments. Led Alabama to first SEC Tournament appearance since 2004. Led Alabama to first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998 and just the second time in program history. Personal Born April 5, 1967; Married to the former Cindy Rivard of Providence, R.I., on February 10, 1996; the couple has two children, Cole and Morgan.