Mitch Gaspard Biography
University of Alabama baseball head coach Mitch Gaspard was born on May 26th, 1965 in Port Arthur, TX. Gaspard led his Jefferson High School team to a state title as a senior all-state shortstop and then starred at LSU under hall of fame coach Skip Bertman. After two years at LSU, Gaspard transferred to the University of Houston where he manned second base from 1986-7 and earned a job as an assistant after finishing is playing career.
Though his alma mater, the University of Houston did not promote Gaspard out of his junior assistant position and, as a result, Gaspard moved on. He became something of an assistant journeyman, coaching at Louisiana-Laffayette (1989-1992), Northwestern (1993-94), and Alabama (1995-2001). However, in 2002, he accepted the head coaching job at Northwestern State and remained there for six seasons. While at Northwestern State, Gaspard had three 40 plus win seasons, suffered only one losing season (25-28 in 2006) and earned a reputation as one of college baseball’s more dynamic younger coaches. As a result, Alabama hired him as coach in waiting before the 2009 season and he took over as head coach in 2010.
Gaspard’s first season with the Crimson Tide was a moderate success as the team went 43-25 overall but had a mediocre 15-15 record in SEC conference play. As he moves toward his second season, Gaspard will look to improve on this in-conference record and re-establish Alabama as a pre-eminent baseball program.
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