Alabama will dedicate the Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza at 4 p.m. today. UA President Judy Bonner and AD Bill Battle will both speak at the event along with the Crimson Tide’s NCAA Champion coaches Mic Potter (women’s golf), Patrick Murphy (softball) and Jay Seawell (men’s golf).
Gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson, the plaza’s namesake and winner of six national team titles, will deliver the keynote address. There will also be a ribbon cutting during the event to officially open the plaza which is located in front of Coleman Coliseum and the Mal M. Moore Athletic Complex.
The plaza honors the Crimson Tide’s national champion coaches for all sports outside of football. It also features marble slabs highlighting all of the Tide’s varsity sports besides football, including a listing of all the Tide’s NCAA and SEC titles.
The plaza fulfills the vision of former AD Mal Moore, who passed away last spring.
“This plaza will be a way of recognizing the success of every sport, both SEC and national championships. It will really add to the setting of the Coleman Coliseum,” Moore said in June 2012 when the plans for the plaza were approved by the UA Board of Trustees.
It was also during that that time in 2012 that the Trustees voted unanimously to name the plaza after Patterson, who along with her husband and assistant coach David Patterson, have won six NCAA titles during their 35-year career at the University.
In addition to six national titles, the Pattersons have led the Tide to seven Southeastern Conference Championships and an NCAA-best 28 regional titles. They have also led Alabama to the NCAA Championships for the last 31 years in a row.
Patterson, Potter, Murphy and Seawell all won national titles during a two-year period that saw Alabama claim two BCS National Football Championships, two NCAA Gymnastics titles and the Tide’s first NCAA Championships in women’s golf, softball and men’s golf.