Alabama Gymnastics Coach Sarah Patterson steps down - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Alabama Gymnastics Coach Sarah Patterson steps down after 36 seasons

Sarah Patterson (source: WBRC video) Sarah Patterson (source: WBRC video)

Alabama Gymnnastics Coach Sarah Patterson is stepping down as the Crimson Tide's head coach after 36 seasons. Patterson announced the news Tuesday morning via news release.

"After much thought and prayer and after much consultation with Athletics Director Bill Battle and our President, Dr. Judy Bonner, I have decided to step down from the only job I have ever known since graduating from college," Patterson said. "This is something I have tried to postpone but, through ongoing consultation with my physicians, it has become evident that surgery to replace both knees is necessary. My physician shared with me that it will be a year or more before I am back to a normal lifestyle."

Patterson has 1,006 wins and 43 postseason championships, including six NCAA championships.

Dana Duckworth has been named Patterson's successor, pending approval by the UA Board of Trustees.  Duckworth will be introduced as the next head gymnastics coach at a 5:00 p.m. Tuesday news conference.

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