ADAM ARBOUR | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Adam Arbor is in his fifth year as a volunteer assistant coach at Alabama, serving in that capacity from 2012-14 before returning in 2016 after a one-year stint at the University of Iowa.
In his first season at the Capstone, Arbour helped the Crimson Tide win the first national championship in program history. He and the rest of the Alabama coaching staff were named 2012 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year and again earned similar recognition in 2014 and 2016 as the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
“We are very fortunate to have Adam on our staff,” Murphy says. “We respect coach Carol Hutchins and her staff at Michigan very much and try to emulate their program in many ways. We all look forward to working further with Adam.”
Arbour, an Ann Arbor native, is a 2011 graduate of the University of Michigan where he was a three-year member of the Michigan baseball team (2007-09). Over that span the Wolverines won two Big Ten championships (2007-08) and an NCAA regional title in 2007.
“Coach Murphy has established an amazing softball culture here in Tuscaloosa and I am very thankful that he asked me to jump on board,” says Arbour. “Coach Murphy, Alyson Habetz, and Stephanie VanBrakle are some of the best minds in the game and I look forward to continue learning from them and adding value to this program.”
Arbour’s softball experience comes from his time serving as a student manager for three seasons. Over that span, the Wolverines won three Big Ten titles, two NCAA regional championships and made an appearance at the 2009 Women’s College World Series.
Arbour graduated from Michigan in 2011 with a bacherlor’s degree in physical education. He previously coached ASA-level teams from 16 and under up to gold level. Arbour comes from athletic family that includes parents Ed (baseball) and Julie (volleyball) who were student-athletes at Eastern Michigan. His father also played baseball at Washtenaw Community College while an uncle, Dan, played football at Western Michigan.