Dec. 6, 2010
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association along with Stabilizer Solutions, its official playing surface sponsor, announced the 2010 Stabilizer Solutions/NFCA Field Maintenance awards this week. Alabama's John and Ann Rhoads Softball Complex was named the top Division I softball field in the nation.
"Since Rhoads Stadium was built in 2000, we have always tried to improve at least one thing each year at the facility," head coach Patrick Murphy said. "This award is a culmination of all those different amenities coming together into one great facility. We are so thankful to our grounds crew and our fans for making Alabama the best place to watch college softball in the country."
The coaching staff will accept the award on behalf of the UA grounds crew at the NFCA Convention on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The 2010 crew was comprised of Scott Urbantke, Chris Hildreth, Terry Cook, Ronnie Browning, Parker Patrick, Jamie Blakney and Tim Nix and softball managers Matt Currie, Jordan Burson, Steven Shaw and Chandler Whidden.
Alabama will open up its home schedule at the award winning Rhoads Stadium with the Bama Bash on Feb. 18 - Feb. 20 taking on Louisville, Texas - San Antonio and Syracuse.