• NFCA Hall of Fame Class of 2006
  • Winningest NCAA softball coach of all-time

Carol Hutchins

“Only 24 women in the world each year get to wear the Block M and represent Michigan softball. It is the greatest privilege any student-athlete could ever have. We aspire to be great in all facets of life, and that includes serving our community. We all have a duty to protect the Block M and serve the University of Michigan. My philosophy is based on the simple idea that no one -- no coach, no player -- is bigger than Michigan. We are here to bring honor to Michigan. I believe in being a champion in the classroom and winning championships on the field.”


Coach Bio

Carol Hutchins is in her 33rd season leading the University of Michigan softball team. Since taking over the Wolverines in 1985, Hutch has created a seismic shift in collegiate softball, proving that a northern school can become a perennial powerhouse. The Wolverines are coming off their ninth consecutive Big Ten championship season, and their 19th overall -- all under Hutch. She has taken the Maize and Blue to 24 NCAA tournaments and has advanced to the Women's College World Series 12 times. In 2005, Michigan did something no other college softball program had done, becoming the first school east of the Mississippi River to win the NCAA Championship. Eleven years later, Michigan is still the only "cold weather" school to win the national title. Hutch is the winningest college softball coach of all-time, with more than 1400 career wins. Besides her accomplishments on the field and the impact she has had on a generation of Michigan women, Hutch is active in philanthropy. Since 2007, the Michigan softball program has raised nearly half a million dollars for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and her most recent edition of the Michigan Softball Academy, held in May 2015, raised $125,000 for Making Strides in one night.

Fun Fact

Look out when you round third after a home run -- Hutch is known to toss her sluggers peanut M&Ms.

Career Highlights

  • 2 - National Coach of the Year
  • 2006 - NFCA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 16 - Big Ten Coach of the Year

Assistant Coaches

Bonnie Tholl

Associate Head Coach

Bonnie Tholl is in her 24th season with the Wolverines in 2016-17. A long-time fixture in the first base box, she has been a part of all 12 of U-M’s Women’s College World Series appearances. Tholl also coaches the outfielders — guiding nine All-Americans — and she coordinates Michigan’s recruiting efforts. During her tenure at Michigan, she has been instrumental in recruiting 58 of Michigan’s 63 All-Americans. Tholl was a four-year starter at shortstop for the Wolverines and became the first U-M student-athlete to earn four All-Big Ten first team nods. A native of Tinley Park, Ill., Tholl also holds a master’s degree in athletic administration from Indiana University.

Jennifer Brundage

Assistant Coach

Jennifer Brundage is in her 19th season with Michigan in 2016-17 and is the team’s primary pitching coach. She has guided U-M hurlers to 17 All-America citations during her tenure, and her pitchers have earned nine Big Ten Pitcher of the Year awards. Brundage won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia, and was the leading hitter on the team. She graduated from UCLA where she won a national championship in 1992. Brundage is originally from Irvine, Calif., and earned a master’s degree in sports management from Michigan.