The UA Champions Plaza

Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson

Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson


The board of trustees of the University of Alabama system is considering building a new plaza on campus to honor Alabama’s national championship coaches. While I support the idea of honoring these champions, I am undecided about the suggested location between Sewell-Thomas Stadium and Coleman Coliseum.

While a champions park might appear to be a nice idea, the five national champion football coaches already have statues appropriately located outside Bryant-Denny stadium. The championship coaches from other sports, currently, consist of Sarah Patterson (gymnastics), Patrick Murphy (softball) and Mic Potter (women’s golf).

Of the three coaches, only Patterson coaches a sport that is played near the proposed location. With her six NCAA championships, Coach Patterson certainly deserves the recognition afforded to the football champions. However, is there a better location for the championship park? Would a location for each coach outside of their respective venue be more appropriate or, perhaps, something around the Bryant Museum?

No matter what location is chosen, we believe the championship coaches should be honored for their contributions to the winning culture at UA – and we hope to add more sports to the list. Write a comment below and let us know your thoughts about the proposed location.


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