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 seventh season directing the Crimson Tide in 2014, and is in his 14th season overall as a head coach.
Prior to his arrival at UA, Bramble spent seven seasons at Clemson University (2001-07), where he amassed 80 wins and made seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Since his arrival at the Capstone, Bramble has led the Alabama program to new heights, 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 fifth straight year in 2013. 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 an Academic All-American, six NSCAA Academic All-Region performers and has placed over 80 players on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
On the pitch, Bramble led Alabama to an appearance in the 2011 NCAA Tournament - 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. He owns a career record of 127-109-27 (.534) as he enters his 14th season as a head coach.
Alabama was able to accomplish some program firsts during his tenure, including the first-ever victory over nationally-ranked Florida, which came in 2012, as well as downing three ranked opponents in one season for the first time in program history in 2011.
He also coached the program's first-ever SEC Freshman of the Year, Merel Van Dongen who earned the honor in 2012, and first Academic All-American in seven years when Kendall Khanna earned the honor last season.
In addition to her freshman of the year award, Van Dongen was named to the 2012 NSCAA All-South Region Second Team, TopDrawerSoccer.com's Freshman Team of the Season and was a second team All-SEC selection. Pia Rijsdijk has earned second team All-SEC accolades in each of the last two seasons, as well as earning a spot on the all-region team in 2012 and 2013.
Bramble has now coached 13 All-SEC performers, including three in 2011 - the most in one season in program history. Furthermore, he has had at least one player earn all-region honors in four consecutive years, which matches the longest streak in program lore.
Alabama finished the 2011 campaign with a 10-9-3 overall record, which marked the third time in four years UA finished with a record of .500 or better. That year, the Tide defeated the likes of No. 22 San Diego State, 1-0, and then later beat No. 24 Tennessee, 1-0. Alabama went on to upset the top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks in the SEC Tournament, 1-0 on its way to an at-large berth to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Individually, goalkeeper 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.
Bramble led the 2010 Tide to an undefeated start in the first five games 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 point against the Gators since 2005.
Three 2010 players nabbed All-SEC honors, which tied the 2004 team for the most in school history. 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 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 school records 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 that 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, 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. The former Clemson coach led Alabama to a 9-9-2 overall record and a 4-6-1 mark in SEC play. The four league 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 program's most since 1998. Alabama also earned its first appearance to the SEC Tournament since 2004.
Alabama made an impressive transformation on the defensive end in 2008, 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," said former Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore 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. His teams finished in the top 25 nationally five times and placed in the top three in the Atlantic Coast Conference three times. Bramble had an 80-51-17 overall record with no losing seasons at Clemson.
"It's a tremendous honor to join 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."
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.
Clemson teams during the Bramble era 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 All-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 while reaching 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 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.
Before 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 U-17 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).
Bramble, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is married to the former Cindy Rivard. The couple has two children: son Cole and daughter Morgan.
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.