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Class of 2000
Illinois State: 1980 - 1985
In 27 seasons as head coach of the Fresno State softball program, Margie Wright directed the Bulldogs to a national title (1998) while guiding the program to the NCAA Women's College World Series 10 times out of the program's 12 appearances. As the first NCAA Division I softball coach and 24th overall in NCAA Division I history, regardless of sport, to amass 1,000 Division I career victories and the first to tally 1,400 fastpitch wins, she recorded an impressive 27-year school mark of 1,294-450-1 (.742) and a 33-year career record of 1,457-542-3 (.728).
Including her six-year stint at Illinois State, Wright posted an astonishing 33-year career record of 1,457-542-3 (.728) during her illustrious career. As the NCAA's all-time winningest softball coach, she also directed the Bulldog softball program to 17 conference titles and 10 regional championship crowns while coaching 53 All-Americans, 16 Academic All-Americans, 15 Olympians and two NCAA Top VIII Award winners. In addition, Wright made Fresno State just one of five NCAA Division I schools to make 10 or more trips to the WCWS.
On the international stage, Wright helped the U.S Women's National Team capture gold. She was an assistant coach on the 1996 Olympic team that won gold in the sports inaugural Olympic debut prior to serving as head coach for the 1998 squad that captured an unprecedented fourth gold medal at the ISF World Championship.
Inducted into seven halls of fame, Wright was inducted to the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2000 and was inducted into the Women's Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame in 2005.