Head Coach USA Olympic Softball Team
As Head Coach of the Gold Medal 2004 USA Softball Olympic Team and the six-time National Champion University of Arizona Wildcats, Mike Candrea has excelled at every level he has coached. Under Candrea’s direction, the USA team won the gold medal by dominating the Olympic games in Athens outscoring their opponents 51-1. Candrea was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee with the ‘Olympic Shield’ award which is the most prestigious award within the U.S. Olympic Movement. He was also honored as the 2004 USOC Coach of the Year. As Head Coach of the University of Arizona, the Wildcats have won six NCAA National Championships, gained a berth in the NCAA tournament 19 times, and earned 17 trips to the Women’s College World Series. Coach Candrea has the highest winning percentage of any active Division I Coach (.831) with his players earning 46 All-American playing honors plus six Academic All-American honors. Candrea was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 1996.