Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wells will be missed

Alabama baseball coach Jim Wells is no longer the man in charge of the Crimson Tide.

The Bossier City native and former NSU and Loyola College Prep head coach stepped down after 13 years at the Capstone. In that time he made the Tide a perennial postseason team and played for the 1997 national championship.

Wells' hard-nosed attitude and determined coaching style became legendary around here, but turning around the Tide probably was Wells' most impressive achievement. Doing it in the shadows of Skip Bertman's LSU juggernaut only added to Wells' credentials.

It will be interesting to see not only who the Tide replaces Wells with, but if said coach will continue the productive pipeline Wells had built into Louisiana.

About the only coach who would seem to fit those criteria would be John Cohen at Kentucky, another former NSU coach who, oh by the way, is a Tuscaloosa native.


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