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50 Years of Title IX

Over the course of the final 50 weekdays of 2022, we will continue our celebration of #TitleIX50 by honoring 50 women who have blazed the trails and become legends in athletics at The University of Alabama.

Women of Alabama Athletics

Dr. Hanna GillionDr. Hanna Gillion

Dr. Hanna Gillion was instrumental during the beginning stages of an organized women's intercollegiate athletics effort at UA, serving as both coach and administrator. In 1970-71, she recruited members of the student body to field volleyball and tennis teams.

Lillie LeatherwoodLillie Leatherwood

A 10x All-American and 3x NCAA champion in the 400m, Lillie Leatherwood became Alabama's first female Olympic gold medalist as a member of Team USA's 4×400m relay in 1984. Her school record in the 400m has stood since 1987. Watch more about Lillie Leatherwood

Sarah PattersonSarah Patterson

During her legendary 36-year career, Sarah Patterson became the first coach in SEC history, regardless of sport, to win NCAA championships in four different decades, leading Alabama to six overall. The Tide also won eight SEC titles, an NCAA-record 29 regionals and more than 1,000 meets under Patterson.

Kelly KretschmanKelly Kretschman

Kelly Kretschman was the first four-time NFCA All-American in program history. The Olympic gold medalist holds numerous records at UA including hits, doubles and runs and led Alabama to its first Women's College World Series appearance in 2000.

Krystal RiversKrystal Rivers

Four-time AVCA All-American Krystal Rivers became the first volleyball player in the SEC to earn both Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in the same season. She set the school record in career kills (2,148) and points (2,506) and led the team in scoring all four years.

Roberta AlisonRoberta Alison

Roberta Alison lettered for three seasons at Alabama on the men's tennis team. Men's coach Jason Morton discovered the Alexander City, Ala. native and enticed her to play on the varsity men's team at the Capstone because there was no women's team at the time. She won the women's collegiate singles championship titles in both 1962 and 1963 and teamed with Missouri's Justina Bricka for the 1963 women's collegiate doubles national title.

Niesa JohnsonNiesa Johnson

Niesa Johnson is a two-time All-American, three-time All-SEC selection and Naismith Award finalist. She helped Alabama reach the 1994 NCAA Final Four and stands at No. 2 on the Tide’s all-time scoring list with 2,134 career points. In 2006, Johnson was named to the SEC's 25th anniversary team.

Lane BasshamLane Bassham

Eight-time All-American Lane Bassham became the first diver for Alabama to win a national championship when she captured the 3-meter title in 2004 as a senior. She was named the 2004 SEC Diver of the Year after winning both the 1- and 3-meter league titles.

Martha JonesMartha Jones

Martha Jones competed for Alabama in 1975, guiding the team to the AIAW Nationals and a seventh-place finish. Jones garnered All-America honors from the association that season after finishing third individually. Read The 50-Year Shift with Martha Jones Lang

Dee FosterDee Foster

Dee Foster is a 17-time All-American, four-time national champion and nine-time regional champion. As a senior, she set an NCAA record with perfect 10s in five straight meets. She was SEC Athlete of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year and NCAA Gymnast of the Year.

Celia Jimenez DelgadoCelia Jimenez Delgado

Celia Jimenez Delgado became the first player in program history to be drafted to the National Women's Soccer League. In 2015, she led the team in five categories and as a senior, helped return the Tide to the NCAA tournament.

Stacy Potter swimming the backstrokeStacy Potter

Stacy Potter, UA's "Swimmer of the 1990s," finished her Crimson Tide career as a 22-time All-American. She broke the SEC record in the 100 butterfly and was the 1995 NCAA Runner-up in the 100 butterfly. She led UA to back-to-back top-10 finishes in 1993 and 1994 and a top-15 finish in 1995.

Stephanie VanBrakleStephanie VanBrakle

A threat in the circle and in the batter's box, Stephanie VanBrakle was the first two-way All-American to suit up for the Crimson Tide. Her power arm combined with a power bat helped lead Alabama to its first ever Southeastern Conference title in 2006.

Jean MillsJean Mills

Jean Mills served as head coach of the women's tennis team from 1974-78 after graduating from The University of Alabama. An accomplished tennis player, Mills was ranked third nationally at age 14 and won Alabama state titles in 1971, 72 and 74.

Yolanda WatkinsYolanda Watkins

Four-time All-SEC selection Yolanda Watkins helped lead UA to the 1994 NCAA Final Four. She scored 1,778 career points, fourth most in program history, and set the school record for career rebounds with 1,096, which still stands today.

Penney HauschildPenney Hauschild

Penney Hauschild was the first UA gymnastics NCAA Champion and first 4x NCAA Champion at UA, male or female. She earned 10 All-America honorsand won five regional championships. Hauschild is a two-time Honda Award winner and the 1985 SEC Athlete of the Year.

Beth MalloryBeth Mallory

Beth Mallory was the 2005 NCAA discus champion, a four-time All-American in the event and a two-time All-American in the hammer throw. A three-time SEC discus champion, she was also the 2005 SEC champion in the shot put and hammer throw, earning her the Commissioner's Trophy as the high scorer at the conference championship and was voted SEC Field Athlete of the Year. Mallory, too, was a standout in the classroom earning 2007 NCAA Top VIII and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Vicky StanleyVicky Stanley

One of Alabama's first individual national champions in any sport, Vicky Stanley won the 1976 AIAW title in the 50 freestyle. Her winning effort set an AIAW record in that event.

Andree PickensAndreé Pickens

Andreé Pickens was part of the 2002 NCAA Championship team and won individual national championships on balance beam (1999)and uneven bars (2002). She is a 14-time All-American and won the NCAA Top VIII and Honda Awards.

Jorja MacraeJorja Macrae

In 2019, Jorja Macrae became the first Crimson Tide rower to earn All-America recognition in the program's history. She rowed with Alabama's First Varsity 8+ and led the Tide to its first national ranking during the season.

Ann Marie LawlerAnn Marie Lawler

In 1974, Ann Marie Lawler became the first women's athletics director at The University of Alabama. During her tenure, she also served as head coach of the women's golf team (1974-76) and assisted with the transition of women's sports into the SEC.

Haylie McCleneyHaylie McCleney

Four-time All-American Haylie McCleney finished her Alabama career as the program's leader in batting average, on base percentage, walks and triples. She was twice named Academic All-American of the Year for softball and an NCAA Top 10 honoree.

Disa GisladottirDisa Gisladottir

Two-time Olympian Disa Gisladottir owns the honor of being the first woman NCAA Champion at Alabama, winning the 1982 outdoor high jump title. She went on to capture both the indoor and outdoor high jump national championships a year later.

Libby ProbstLibby Probst

Libby Probst is the program's all-team leader in goals (33), points (85) and shots on goal (94), and her 2005 marks for points (37), points per game (2.06), goals (15) and goals per game (0.83) remain tops in a single season. Probst was also named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for soccer in 2005.

Dominique CantyDominique Canty

Two-time All-American Dominique Canty is Alabama basketball's all-time leading scorer—male or female. The two-time Naismith Player of the Year finalist and four-time All-SEC selection averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Rhyan WhiteRhyan White

Rhyan White is the first UA woman to earn a spot on the United States Olympic Swim Team and first to win an event at the U.S. Olympic Trials, placing first in 2021 in the 200m backstroke. She is an Olympic medalist, World Champion, All-American, SEC Champion and was the 2021 SEC Swimmer of the Year and Commissioner's Trophy winner.

Eleanor DudleyEleanor Dudley

Eleanor Dudley of The University of Alabama bested 25 other golfers to win the first National Collegiate Golf Championship, which was played at the Ohio State University Golf Course in 1941.

Alexa GuarachiAlexa Guarachi

All-American Alexa Guarachi holds the UA record for career wins in singles and doubles. She advanced to the NCAA tournament all four years with the Tide, reaching the semifinals in both singles and doubles in 2013. As a pro, she earned a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 11 in 2021 and advanced to her first Grand Slam final at the 2020 French Open.

Kim JacobKim Jacob

Kim Jacob is one of the most decorated athletes in UA history. The 11-time All-American won the Honda Cup and was an NCAA Top Ten honoree and Academic All-American of the Year. She is an NCAA all-around champion and was part of two NCAA championship teams.

Stephanie SchleuderStephanie Schleuder

Stephanie Schleuder served as head coach of both the volleyball (1974-81) and women's basketball teams (1974-77). She went on to win 702 matches in her volleyball career across four programs and was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Jackie Traina pitching the ballJackie Traina

Four-time All-American Jackie Traina guided UA to its first national championship in 2012. She started every game at the WCWS and was named the Most Outstanding Player after securing five wins and batting .400 in OKC.

Barbara MackBarbara Mack

All-American and Rhodes Scholar finalist Barbara Mack led UA to its first NCAA Championship appearance in 1983. She was one of the team's first All-Americans and, in 2008, became the first female to be honored with the Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award.

Cassandra CrumptonCassandra Crumpton

Cassandra Crumpton led UA to its first NCAA Tournament bid in 1984 after advancing to the finals of the SEC Tournament where she earned MVP honors. After her professional career, she returned to the Capstone where she was an assistant coach from 1997-2004.

Julie Estin on the barsJulie Estin

Julie Estin was the first Alabama student to be honored as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is a six-time All-American, two-time SEC champion and five-time Regional champion.

Justine Bernier carrying the soccer ballJustine Bernier

Four-time All-SEC selection Justine Bernier finished her career with a school record 453 saves. She also holds the single-season record for saves (145) and recorded 21 career shutouts, tied for the program record.

Christine JarvisChristine Jarvis

The first individual national champion in any sport in the history of women's athletics at UA, Christine Jarvis still accounts for the most individual national titles in Crimson Tide history, men or women, with five. She won the AIAW 100 and 200 breaststroke championships in 1976 and 1977 and the 50 breaststroke title in 1977.

Jenny MainzJenny Mainz

The 2013 ITA National Coach of the Year, Jenny Mainz has coached two NCAA Doubles Champions and the 2014 SEC Championship. She's led the program to over 300 wins, 17 NCAA Tournaments and produced 24 NCAA singles qualifiers and 15 NCAA doubles qualifiers.

Joy McCannJoy McCann

Joy McCann, who was hailed as "Montgomery's finest links competitor in a generation," became the youngest golfer to win the Alabama Women's State Championship in 1941. She went on to capture it again in 1947 and then won the Florida Amateur title in 1961.

Erin HeffnerErin Heffner

Erin Heffner helped lay the foundation for one of the most successful eras in program history, leading the team to the SEC Western Division title. She was an AVCA All-American in 2003 and 2004, becoming the first two-time All-American in program history.

Quanesha BurksQuanesha Burks

Quanesha Burks is one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history, winning multiple NCAA and SEC titles in the long jump in addition to holding numerous school records. She also earned All-America honors in each of her four seasons.

Flora Molnar, Cora Dupre, Morgan Scott and Kalia AntoniouFlora Molnar, Cora Dupre, Morgan Scott and Kalia Antoniou

In 2021, Flora Molnar, Cora Dupre, Morgan Scott and Kalia Antoniou became the first women's swimming relay team from Alabama to win an NCAA title, posting a school record time of 3:09.78 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Marie RobbinsMarie Robbins

Marie Robbins led gymnastics to an SEC and NCAA title in 1988 and another SEC title in 1990. In her 25 years as an administrator, the teams she oversaw won four NCAA team titles, 13 SEC championships as well as 23 NCAA individual or relay titles.

Shalonda EnisShalonda Enis

Shalonda Enis' 20.5 point-per-game average is the best in program history. She was tabbed an All-American in both of her seasons with the Crimson Tide and went on to play five seasons in the WNBA with the Washington Mystics and Charlotte Sting.

Emma TalleyEmma Talley

Emma Talley is one of the most decorated golfers in program history. She won the U.S. Amateur title in 2013 and two years later, was crowed 2015 NCAA individual champion. Later that year, she also claimed the Honda Award.

Brittany RogersBrittany Rogers

Four-time All-American Brittany Rogers was known for her speed around the bases. She hit .400 in three different seasons and recorded over 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases. Rogers holds the UA record for stolen bases with 198.

Judy GreenJudy Green

Judy Green is the longest tenured coach in the program's history, leading the Tide for 15 seasons and amassing 237 wins along the way. She guided UA to its first three NCAA tournament appearances in 2005-07 and won the SEC Western Division title twice.

Merel van DongenMerel van Dongen

Merel van Dongen became the program's first SEC Freshman of the Year in 2012 after a breakout rookie season. During her career, she set records in every assist category. She has gone on to compete internationally in the Women's World Cup and Olympics.

Pauline DavisPauline Davis

Pauline Davis is a 19-time All-American and NCAA indoor champion in the 200 meters and NCAA outdoor champion in the 400 meters. Following her collegiate career, she won Olympic gold in 2000 for the Bahamas.

Erin Routliffe and Maya JansenErin Routliffe and Maya Jansen

Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen won back-to-back NCAA doubles titles in 2014 and 2015, becoming the third doubles team in NCAA history to win back-to-back championships. Over their three seasons together, Routliffe and Jansen compiled a 57-8 record.

Ashley MilesAshley Miles

Ashley Miles won 20 individual titles throughout her career including four NCAA championships. The 12-time All-American won the 2006 Honda Cup and NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year honors that season. In 2020, she was recognized as an SEC Legend.

A Timeline of Women's History


  • All Star Tennis Club becomes the first established sport at The University of Alabama


  • Eleanor Dudley wins the first National Collegiate Golf Championship


  • Dr. Hanna Gillion begins her tenure at UA as a physical education instructor


  • Roberta Alison becomes the first female athlete in the SEC competing as part of the men's tennis team


  • Coed Bama Sky Divers organized, beginning with 10 members


  • Under the direction of assistant professor Dr. Hanna Gillion and graduate student Sandra McDaniel, volleyball becomes first extramural women's team established at Alabama. Women's tennis followed later this year.


  • Three women's teams fielded – volleyball, tennis and golf


  • Six women's teams fielded – volleyball, tennis, golf, basketball, gymnastics and track and field
  • Dr. Hanna Gillion serves as president of the Alabama Women's Intercollegiate Sports Association


  • Swimming and diving added during the spring semester as seventh team sport
  • Dean Paul G. Orr, Dr. Hanna Gillion and Dr. William Clipson meet to develop a plan to establish a program for women's intercollegiate sports and related preparedness programs.
  • Co-ed Fencing Team organized


  • Athletics department for women established, awarding 20 scholarships in six sports – basketball, golf, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and volleyball
  • Ann Marie Lawler hired as first women's athletics director
  • Competing as an individual, Betsy Saunders (50 and 100 freestyle) earned Alabama's first All-America honors


  • Christina Jarvis (100 and 200 Breaststroke) and Vicky Stanley (50 freestyle) become the first individual AIAW Champions
  • Swimming and diving took fourth at the 1976 AIAW Championships, the Tide's first top-10 national finish


  • Women's basketball finished eighth in the National Women's Invitational Tournament


  • Women's basketball makes first appearance in the SEC Tournament


  • Barbara Logan becomes Alabama's first SEC Diver of the Year


  • Disa Gisladottir (High Jump) wins Alabama's first NCAA Indoor Track and Field title
  • Anne Cale (women's basketball) is first UA female student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors
  • Julie Garrett becomes UA gymnastics' first All-American
  • Women's tennis sets program record for most wins with 27


  • Women's track and field earns its first NCAA Indoor Top-10 finish, taking 10th place
  • Cassandra Crumpton earns women's basketball first All-America honor
  • Angelika Knipping becomes UA swimming and diving's first individual NCAA Champion (50 breaststroke)
  • Gymnastics wins first NCAA Regional Championship


  • Women's basketball makes first NCAA Tournament appearance, reaching the Sweet 16
  • Alabama earned its first NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Top-10 finish, taking sixth place
  • Lillie Leatherwood became the first UA woman to earn a gold medal at the Olympic Games after winning the 4x400-meter relay as part of Team USA


  • Swimming and Diving wins SEC Women's Team Championship (first non-Florida team to win the SEC title)
  • Gymnastics' Penney Hauschild wins UA's first individual NCAA gymnastics titles, taking first in the all-around (with an NCAA record) and uneven bars title


  • Lois Myers earns women's basketball's first SEC Coach of the Year honor
  • Track and field wins first SEC Outdoor Team Championship
  • Flora Hyacinth earns Alabama's first SEC Outdoor Track and Field Commissioner's Trophy (high point scorer), the first of three during her career
  • Alabama posts its highest NCAA Outdoor Track and Field team finish, placing second (a finish it would match in 1987)


  • Soccer's inaugural season under head coach Janko Emedi
  • Gymnastics' Julie Estin becomes the first UA athlete to earn H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors


  • Gymnastics wins its first SEC and NCAA team title, becoming Alabama's first NCAA champion in any sport and first national title by a women's sport


  • Volleyball plays first match as NCAA program
  • Gymnastics wins SEC team title
  • Dee Foster (gymnastics) becomes the first freshman in SEC history to be named the league's Athlete of the Year
  • Women's tennis makes first SEC Championship Tournament appearance


  • Gymnastics wins NCAA Team Championship


  • Women's tennis makes first NCAA Tournament appearance
  • Marouschka van Dijk and Titia Wilmink earn women's tennis' first NCAA Doubles All-America honors


  • Women's basketball advances to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament
  • Track and Field wins first SEC Indoor Team Championship and follows up with an SEC Outdoor Team Championship in the spring
  • Becki Wells wins UA's first SEC Indoor Track and Field Commissioner's Trophy as the meet's high point scorer


  • Soccer program was reinstated after not competing from 1989-93
  • First SEC Tournament appearance for soccer
  • Gymnastics wins SEC Team Championship
  • Volleyball's Nina Foster becomes the program's first All-American


  • Don Staley named soccer's first SEC Coach of the Year
  • Soccer earns first SEC Tournament win
  • Gymnastics wins NCAA Team Championship
  • Amy DeVasher (swimming and diving) becomes first member of UA women's team to earn SEC and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships


  • Gymnastics sells out Coleman Coliseum for the first time (15,043)
  • Softball plays its first game on Feb. 15
  • Women's tennis earns first NCAA Tournament match win
  • Bali Camino earns first NCAA Singles All-America honors in women's tennis history
  • Meredith Willard (gymnastics) becomes first female NCAA Top 10 Award winner at Alabama


  • Softball wins first SEC Tournament Championship


  • First NCAA Tournament appearance for soccer
  • Softball makes first NCAA Tournament appearance and has appeared every year since


  • Gymnastics wins SEC Team Championship
  • Volleyball wins first SEC Western Division Title
  • First game played at Alabama Softball Complex (now Rhoads Stadium)
  • Softball makes first Women's College World Series appearance
  • Pauline Davis (track and field) becomes the first member of the Alabama program to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games, garnering top honors in the 200 meters


  • Gymnastics wins NCAA Team Championship


  • Soccer scored a program-record 20 goals against Jackson State – also recorded 11 assists that game for a program-leading 51 points
  • Gymnastics wins SEC Team Championship
  • Softball wins SEC Tournament Championship


  • Women's tennis begins competition in newly built Alabama Tennis Stadium
  • Lane Bassham wins UA's first NCAA Diving title, taking top honors off the 3-meter springboard
  • Stephanie Kite (gymnastics) becomes Alabama's first Academic All-American of the Year, male or female, in their respective sport
  • Anne Poleksa (200 breaststroke) and Susan Bartholomew Williams (triathlon) become the first UA swimmers to earn an Olympic medal, with both taking bronze in 2004


  • First match played at Alabama Soccer Stadium (3-0 win over Alabama A&M)
  • Softball wins SEC Tournament Championship


  • Rowing added as Alabama's 21st varsity sport
  • Volleyball makes first NCAA Tournament appearance
  • Softball wins first SEC Regular Season title


  • Gymnastics wins SEC Team Championship


  • Kassi Price (gymnastics) and Brooke Pancake (golf) recognized as Alabama's first two female NCAA Elite 90 Award winners
  • Softball wins SEC Regular Season and Tournament Championships


  • Gymnastics wins both NCAA and SEC Team Championships
  • Softball wins SEC Regular Season Championship
  • Jenny Mainz named program's first SEC Coach of the Year for women's tennis
  • Women's basketball reopens historic Foster Auditorium on Feb. 13


  • Gymnastics wins NCAA Team Championship
  • Rowing moves to Conference USA and competes at its first ever conference championship
  • Softball wins first National Championship in program history and Southeastern Conference history
  • Softball wins SEC Softball Tournament in Tuscaloosa, becoming the first softball team to win the tournament on its home field
  • Brooke Pancake (golf) becomes Alabama's first Academic All-American of the Year overall, male or female
  • Volleyball moves to Foster Auditorium
  • Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility built


  • Merel van Dongen earns program's first SEC Freshman of the Year honor
  • Jenny Mainz named ITA Coach of the Year for women's tennis


  • Gymnastics' Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza dedicated on Oct. 4
  • Softball wins SEC Regular Season Championship
  • Women's tennis wins first SEC Regular Season title and later advanced to NCAA quarterfinal match
  • Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe win NCAA Doubles title in women's tennis


  • Gymnastics' Kim Jacob wins the Honda Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year
  • Volleyball earns program's first NCAA Tournament win
  • Gymnastics wins SEC Team Championship
  • Rowing moves from Conference USA to the Big 12 and opens boathouse on Manderson Landing
  • Kaylin Burchell becomes UA's first SEC Championships Swimmer of the Meet
  • Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe win second consecutive NCAA Doubles title


  • Krystal Rivers becomes program's first SEC Volleyball Player of the Year


  • Women's basketball moves back to Coleman Coliseum for game-day competition


  • Softball wins SEC Regular Season Championship
  • Rowing appears in the top-20 national rankings for the first time in program history and posts its highest finish at the Big 12 Championships, placing second while medaling in every race
  • Jorja Macrae becomes first rower to earn All-America honors


  • Mercy Chelangat wins Alabama's first individual NCAA Cross Country title
  • Rhyan White becomes UA's first SEC Swimmer of the Year
  • Morgan Scott, Kalia Antoniou, Flora Molnar and Cora Dupre win UA's first NCAA relay title, taking top honors in the 400 freestyle relay
  • Gymnastics wins SEC Team Championship
  • Softball wins SEC Tournament Championship
  • Softball's Montana Fouts throws a perfect game against UCLA at the Women's College World Series, just the fifth in World Series history
  • Rowing earns an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, its first ever postseason appearance
  • Rhyan White (200m backstroke) becomes the first UA swimmer to win an event at the U.S. Olympic Trials and the first woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team


  • Soccer sets single season record for most home wins with 10
  • Soccer earns its first NCAA Tournament win
  • Jenny Mainz records her 25th year as head coach of the women's tennis team
  • Swimming and diving finishes fourth at the NCAA Championships, becoming the first UA team to reach the podium at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships