Adam Tribble is in his seventh season with The University of Alabama track & field coaching staff, as an assistant coach overseeing the Crimson Tide’s women's distance runners. A veteran coach and a former standout athlete, Tribble has developed a strong reputation as one of the nation’s top coaches in his specialty.
Over the last five seasons at Alabama, Tribble has developed the young Tide distance corps into a competitive unit on the conference level.
The 2017 cross country season saw the Tide women post their fifth-consecutive top-seven finish at the SEC Championships as sophomore McKenzie Yanek earned All-SEC honors.
In 2013, the women’s team posted the highest Alabama team finish at the NCAA South Region meet since 1987, placing third in the team standings behind All-Region performances by Katelyn Greenleaf and Meropi Panagiotou. Alabama has gone on to finish third (2014 and 2015), fourth (2016) and ninth (2017) at the last four regional meets, producing three more All-Region performers in Greenleaf (2014, 2015) and Hannah Waggoner (2014, 2016).
With one of the nation’s youngest teams in 2012, Tribble led the Tide women to a solid season highlighted by the development of freshman Katelyn Greenleaf into one of the top runners in the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA South Region. The 2012 Tide men were a predominantly freshmen squad, but the unit showed promise as the year progressed. In his first season at Alabama, Tribble coached the 2011 women’s cross country squad to its highest finish at the NCAA Regional Championships since 1988.
Prior to Tuscaloosa, Tribble spent two seasons in the same role at Oregon State University following stints at Arkansas and his alma mater, Georgia, where he was coached by current Alabama head coach Dan Waters.
“I’ve always recognized Adam’s deep passion for the sport,” Waters said. “He’s educated himself in the sport as well as anyone. He has a fantastic relationship with distance runners and knows how to relate to them. Adam also brings a great level of organization and energy to our staff.”
During his five seasons at Arkansas, Tribble helped coach the Razorbacks women’s team that won three-straight SEC cross country championships and posted a pair of runner-up finishes. The Arkansas women never finished outside of the top 20 at the NCAA Championships under his watch and finished as high as fifth in 2006.
“When coach Waters talked to me about this position, it was obviously an incredible opportunity,” Tribble said. “I think Alabama is a great situation. There is a commitment to track and cross country that is very exciting and a great thing to be a part of. The opportunity to be able to come back into the SEC is something I wanted to do, especially to a program like Alabama.”
While at Georgia under Waters, Tribble was a two-year captain of the Bulldogs track & field team and earned All-Region honors in cross country. He finished 46th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.
A 2002 graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, Tribble also received a master’s degree from Georgia in movement studies. In May of 2012, he married Meredith Crane, a former cross country and distance coach at the University of Mississippi. The couple have two children, a son, Ben, and a daughter, Georgia.