Episode Summary

Carol Hutchins

Entering her 38th season at the University of Michigan, Carol Hutchins is just six wins away from winning more games than any softball coach at any level, nationwide. Though she couldn’t guess it within a hundred, her win total currently stands at 1,631, with 31 Big Ten season and tournament titles, 18 regional NCAA crowns, 12 appearances in the College Softball World Series, and the NCAA title in 2005 – the only Eastern and Northern school to do so, the equivalent of Alabama winning a Division I hockey title.

She has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year 17 times, and twice nationally, but what’s more impressive is how she’s done it: getting young women to take responsibility for themselves, realize they’re accountable to each other, not just her, and never forgetting it’s an honor, not a privilege, to be a part of the team. As one of her players said, “I came here a girl with potential and left here a woman with no limits.” Hutchins is proudest of the fact her players have gone onto do great things far beyond softball.

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