Adam Arbor returns to Alabama for his fourth year with the program after spending 2015 as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. Arbour previously spent three seasons as a Volunteer Assistant at Alabama from 2012-14, working primarily with the catchers.
In his first season at the Capstone, Arbour helped the Crimson Tide win the first national championship in program history. Arbour worked directly with the Tide catchers in 2012, helping senior Kendall Dawson earn SEC All-Defensive Team honors and break the school record for throwing out would-be base stealers. Arbour and the rest of the Alabama coaching staff were named 2012 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year and again earned similar recognition in 2014 as the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
"We are very fortunate to have Adam on our staff," Murphy says. "We respect coach Carol Hutchins and her staff at Michigan very much and try to emulate their program in many ways. We all look forward to working further with Adam."
Arbour, an Ann Arbor native, is a 2011 graduate of the University of Michigan where he was a three-year member of the Michigan baseball team (2007-09). Over that span the Wolverines won two Big Ten championships (2007-08) and an NCAA regional title in 2007.
"Coach Murphy has established an amazing softball culture here in Tuscaloosa and I am very thankful that he asked me to jump on board," says Arbour. "Coach Murphy, Alyson Habetz, and Stephanie VanBrakle are some of the best minds in the game and I look forward to continue learning from them and adding value to this program."
Arbour's softball experience comes from his time serving as a student manager for three seasons. Over that span, the Wolverines won three Big Ten titles, two NCAA regional championships and made an appearance at the 2009 Women's College World Series.
Arbour graduated from Michigan in 2011 with a bacherlor's degree in physical education. He previously coached ASA-level teams from 16 and under up to gold level. Arbour comes from athletic family that includes parents Ed (baseball) and Julie (volleyball) who were student-athletes at Eastern Michigan. His father also played baseball at Washtenaw Community College while an uncle, Dan, played football at Western Michigan.