|Nick Crawford -
Nick Crawford, who played shortstop and second base for the UAB baseball team from 2008-11, joined the UAB softball program in June 2012. Crawford, a Cordova, Tenn. native, returned to his alma mater after working as a manager at the Elite Alabama Training facility in Birmingham, where he taught individual speed and agility lessons to athletes ages 6-18. In his first year on head coach Marla Townsend's softball staff, Crawford was part of the most successful season in Blazer history. 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, 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. Crawford's outstanding career as a member of the UAB baseball team was studded with accomplishments. He was selected to the All-Conference USA Second Team (2011), the C-USA All-Freshman Team (2008) and the league's All-Academic Team (2009). He also won the C-USA Spirit of Service Award (2011). He holds the UAB baseball career record for sacrifice hits (63), while ranking second in program history in walks (143), third in at bats (814) and fourth in hits (245). A career .301 hitter, he was also a sure-handed defender who managed a .979 career fielding percentage and led Conference USA in assists as a senior with 195. In addition, Crawford was a Cape Cod League All-Star and was selected to the 2009 All-Cape Team, playing in one of the most prestigious summer leagues in the country. Following his graduation from UAB in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Crawford had several opportunities to sign professional baseball contracts. Crawford married the former Catherine Douglass, a UAB softball player from 2009-12, in October 2011. The couple resides in Birmingham, and have one kid McCall.