Friday, August 10, 2018
Meet Mike Candrea, A Journal Subscriber
Mike Candrea is the head softball coach at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He was the head coach of the United States women's national softball team in 2004, when Team USA won a gold medal, and in 2008, bringing home silver.
The Division I wins leader in NCAA Softball history, Candrea has enjoyed more than three decades of unparalleled success at the helm of the Arizona softball program. Candrea owns a 1,563-404-2 (.794) in 33 seasons at Arizona. Under Candrea, the Wildcats have won eight national championships and appeared in 22 Women's College World Series. He has guided the program to 11 conference championships, including the 2017 Pac-12 title, helping Candrea earn his 12th conference coach of the year. In addition to the 12 Pac- West, -10 or -12 Coach of the Year honors, Candrea has also been named the national coach of the year four times and regional coach of the year and has received six regional coach of the year honors.
Also in 2017, Candrea won his 1,500th career game, becoming the fastest coach in NCAA history, any sport, any level, to win 1,500 games. Only five coaches in any sport have more Division I victories than Candrea.
Entering the 2019 season, Candrea is second in NCAA softball history to Michigan's Carol Hutchins in career wins. In 2017, Candrea was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, adding it to a long list of hall of fames for the legendary coach that includes the NFCA Hall of Fame (1996), Pima County Hall of Fame (1996) and the Central Arizona College Hall of Fame (2009).
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