Lucy Bass, a former Blazer player and assistant coach for 11 years, moves to the role of Director of Operations following UAB's 2014 campaign.
Bass previously served as Director of Operations once in her tenure in the 2006 season. She was an assistant coach at UAB from 2003-04 before taking a job as a physical education teacher in Birmingham. Prior to the 2003 fall season, Bass served as both a volunteer assistant and student assistant for the Blazers.
Bass helped guide the Blazers to their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. UAB also finished as Conference USA runners-up in the league race in 2014 while playing the nation's 10th-toughest overall schedule. She helped five Blazers earn postseason All-Conference USA honors and four Blazers earn a spot on the NFCA Mideast All-Region Teams.
In 2013, Bass was part of memorable season for the Blazers as they completed a record-breaking campaign. The Blazers reached the 40-win plateau for the first time ever with a 40-19 record on their way to a berth in the NCAA Super Regional in Gainesville, Fla. It was the first Super Regional appearance in program history for the Blazers, and UAB's fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
UAB had six players earn All-Conference USA honors, while four individuals made the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast Region Team. Among other team honors in the 2013 season, head coach Marla Townsend was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year and freshman Caitlin Attfield was tabbed the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
The 2013 NCAA Louisville Regional Champions finished the season ranked No. 16 ranking in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the No. 17 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball final 2013 polls after winning the Conference USA regular season title for the first time.
Following the season, the UAB coaching staff was named by the NFCA as the Mideast Coaching Staff of the Year.
Bass has been a member of the UAB softball program as a player, coach and camp assistant since its inaugural season in 2000. She worked as a student assistant coach during the 2001-02 campaign after spending two successful seasons as a key utility player on the Blazer squad. From 2000-01, Bass played in a total of 112 games for the Blazers and helped lead the program to its first 50 victories and its first 10-win Conference USA season. As a junior, the Dade City, Fla. native led the team in doubles (10) and posted a stellar .958 fielding percentage.
Before arriving at UAB, Bass spent two years playing under Jeff Roberts at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla. Bass graduated in May of 2002 with a degree in social psychology and a minor in health education from UAB. Bass has twins, Hadley and Hudson.