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Gayle Blevins

Head Coach Gayle Blevins is now retired after 31 seasons as a Division I head coach, including the last 23 at the University of Iowa. Blevins is presently the second winningest coach in Division I history with a record of 1,245-588-5.

As a head coach, Blevins led her teams to seven Women's College World Series appearances (four at Iowa), won eight Big Ten titles (five at Iowa), been named both the Big Ten and National Coach of the Year and has been inducted into both the Indiana University and NFCA Halls of Fame. Blevins entered the 2010 season as the Big Ten's winningest coach with 506 conference wins.

Blevins never had a losing season in her 31-year career. During her time in Iowa City, Blevins guided Iowa to 40 or more wins 13 times, including three seasons with 50-plus victories. Under her direction, the Hawkeyes finished in the top three in the Big Ten every year but five from 1989-2010 and her Iowa teams never finished lower than fifth in the conference.

Carol Bruggeman

Bruggeman just completed her eighth season as Associate Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals. During that time, U of L has earned eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, won three Big East Championships and earned numerous Top 25 rankings, reaching as high as No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Additionally, during her time at Louisville, the Cardinals have set multiple school records for most wins including a staggering 55 in 2012.

Bruggeman achieved her 600th career win on March 20, 2011, when the Cards defeated Ohio State, 9-1.

She and her coaching staff were named Big East Conference and NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2012. In addition to various other duties, Bruggeman's primary responsibilities include recruiting and working with the defense. The Cardinals finished the 2012 season with a program-best fielding percentage of .975, which ranked 14th nationally.

Bruggeman's previous coaching stops included Purdue University (head coach), the University of Michigan (assistant coach) and the University of Iowa (graduate assistant). She earned numerous accolades as a student-athlete at the University of Iowa and was inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame.

In 2006, she was elected president of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. From 1996-2000, Bruggeman was also on the NFCA Board of Directors as the Division I Representative. She finished a two-year term as NFCA Past President in 2012.

In conjunction with her coaching duties, Bruggeman is very involved with various professional opportunities including speaking at national softball clinics, authoring chapters in books, TV broadcasts and producing softball videos.

Cindy Bristow

Cindy Bristow’s Softball Excellence is an online source for all things softball, including professional level instruction that comes from her wealth of experience.

Bristow pitched collegiately for Cal Poly Pomona and played professionally for the Santa Ana Lionettes. She served as the head softball coach at New Mexico State, Wichita State and the Georgia Pride/Florida Wahoos of the Women’s Professional Softball League where she was awarded coaching staff of the year honors.

During her stint at the Amateur Softball Association, Bristow was National Director of Junior Olympic Softball and later, Director of National Teams and Coaching Development for USA Softball. She later moved to Director of Development for the International Softball Federation, which is the world governing body for softball, including the Olympics.

Bristow is an editor of numerous softball books, a producer of instructional tapes, a featured speaker, clinician and color analyst for ESPN college softball. She was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001.

Bill Edwards

A 2009 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Edwards has completed 24 seasons as the Hofstra University head softball coach and has been the architect of a program that has grown to national prominence. He has led Hofstra to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament six times in the last 10 years, and helped the Pride capture 11 straight conference tournament titles from 1998-2008, which is the longest streak in NCAA Division I softball history. His career record stands at 894-404-3 in 24 seasons.

Edwards guided Hofstra to a school-record 46 wins in 2013 en route to winning the CAA regular season and tournament titles. He led the Pride to its first-ever NCAA Regional crown and NCAA Super Regional in 2012, finishing just a single victory away from a Women's College World Series berth. In 2008, two triumphs at the NCAA Regionals in Hempstead allowed the Pride to finish 45-13, while winning the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and postseason championships. Hofstra also reached the regional finals at Alabama in 2005 and at Stanford in 2004, when the Pride won four games and fell just one why shy of reaching the Women's College World Series.

Edwards has been named the NFCA Regional Coach of the Year 12 times in his career (1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013), including in four of the last seven years. His influence has spread far beyond the Hofstra campus, as he has been the featured speaker at softball clinics and conventions throughout the United States. Edwards has served time as both the chairman for the NCAA Division I All-American committee and the Colonial Athletic Association representative on the NCAA Legislative Committee.

Patti Gerckens

Patti Gerckens is entering her 22nd season as head of the UC San Diego softball team in 2014 after leading the program to its first-ever national championship in 2011. In then her seventh NCAA postseason appearance and fifth at the Division II level, Gerckens guided the Tritons to a perfect 9-0 record in the NCAA Tournament, capping the season off with a 10-3 win over then-No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville in the title game. Her squad followed up the national championship campaign with a 45-23 mark and a national runner-up finish in 2012. She enters the new campaign with an overall record of 561-481 in her 21 years on the La Jolla campus, and has guided the Tritons to seven straight 30-win seasons and nine NCAA postseason appearances with seven of those at the DII level.

Since guiding the team’s transition from Division III to Division II in 2001, Gerckens has accumulated a 415-317 record while competing as a member of the ultra-competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Gerckens has served on several NCAA committees during her tenure, including Ethics, Regional and Rules committees. Gerckens also earned 2011 CCAA Coach of the Year, the second of her storied career. In 21 seasons at UCSD, 25 of Gerckens' players have combined to receive 48 All-West Region selections.

Kelly Inouye-Perez

Kelly Inouye-Perez is beginning her eighth season as the Bruins' head coach in 2014, owning an overall record of 295-108.

UCLA went 40-20 overall in 2013, advancing to the NCAA Louisville Regional title game before falling to UAB in a 13-inning marathon, 3-2. The Bruins finished the campaign ranked No. 21 in the final USA Today/NFCA rankings.

During 2010, Inouye-Perez led the UCLA softball program to its 12th national title and 11th NCAA championship. The Bruins (50-11) went a perfect 10-0 in the postseason, including 5-0 at the Women's College World Series. UCLA set numerous WCWS records, including the most home runs in one tournament with 14 while Megan Langenfeld was named the event’s Most Outstanding Player. Following the season, Inouye-Perez and her staff were honored as the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year. UCLA set single-season school records for home runs, slugging, on base percentage and walks.

In 2009, she led the Bruins to a Pacific-10 Conference Championship, as UCLA went 45-11 overall and 16-5 in league play. She was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and earned her 100th career victory on Feb. 22 against Maryland. In 2008, the Bruins went 51-9 and advanced to the Women's College World Series, finishing second in the Pac-10 with a 17-4 record. In her first season at the helm of UCLA in 2007, Inouye-Perez posted a 37-18 overall record and a 12-9 Pac-10 mark (t-3rd).

Over Inouye-Perez's seven seasons, the Bruins have earned 17 All-American awards, 29 All-Region honors and 54 All-Pac-10/12 accolades.

Inouye-Perez, just the third head coach in UCLA softball history, officially took over the reins from Sue Enquist on Jan. 1, 2007. Enquist announced her retirement as head coach on Sept. 26, 2006.

No stranger to the Bruin dugout, Inouye-Perez preps to begin her 26th-straight season in Westwood. She is a link to four decades of Bruin softball success, joining the UCLA softball program as a freshman in 1989. Inouye-Perez's time is highlighted by seven NCAA Championships and eight Pac-10 titles in her previous 25 years, spending five campaigns as a player and 13 as an assistant coach.

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Jay Miller

After nine years in charge of the Mississippi State softball program, where he led the Bulldogs to a 295-253 record, the most victories in school history, Jay Miller recently spent the 2013 season serving as a volunteer coach for the University of Louisville softball program. The Cardinals registered 48 triumphs during this past season and were selected to host the NCAA Louisville Regional, finishing the year ranked No. 19 in the final USA Today/NFCA poll.

During his time as the head coach in Starkville, Miss., he guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament six times and was a regional runner-up to Women's College World Series participant Texas in 2005.

Miller began his coaching career in 1984 at now-NAIA powerhouse Oklahoma City, and became head coach at Missouri in 1987. He led the Tigers to five NCAA tournaments, and advanced to the Women's College World Series in both 1991 and 1994. His 1997 team captured the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Miller was named Coach of the Year in the Big Eight in 1990 and 1991, and won the same honor in 1997 as a coach in the Big 12.

An accomplished coach on the international level, Miller guided Team USA to the title at the World Championships and to first-place honors in the World Cup of Softball in 2010. Miller also served as the head coach for the Jr. World National team in 2006 and 2007 and in the summer of 2007, led the USA team to the gold medal in the ISF Junior World Championships. He was also an assistant with the World University Team that captured the Gold Medal in the summer of 2006 in Taiwan. In 2005 he served as an assistant to the USA Elite Team that was runner-up in the Canada Cup and brought home the Gold medal in the Intercontinental Cup in Madrid, Spain. The 2004 season saw Miller lead the U.S. Elite Team to a Gold Medal at the first ever World University Games. Miller led the USA Elite team to a Canada Cup title in 2003, defeating such teams as Australia, China, Chinese Taipei and the No. 1 U.S. team, to name only a few. He previously served as head coach of the 2001 USA Red squad which won Gold in the U.S. Cup and the USA Elite team that took runner-up honors at the 2002 Canada Cup.

An accomplished clinician, Miller has conducted clinics throughout the world and has spoken at all the top national coaches clinics during the past 25+ years. Miller was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in December 2008.

Clint Myers

Clint Myers, who led Arizona State to two NCAA Championships, was named Auburn softball's second head coach in program history on June 14, 2013.

Myers captained the Sun Devils to national titles in 2008 and 2011, and made the trip to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series seven times in eight years at the helm of the program, taking ASU to an NCAA Super Regional in his lone WCWS miss. Under his guidance, ASU averaged 53 wins per season, registering 60-plus triumphs on two occasions. He also became the third coach in Sun Devil softball history to amass 400 victories. For leading Arizona State to the WCWS and 50 wins in 2013, he and his staff were chosen as the NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Prior to his stint at ASU, Myers spent 19 highly successful years coaching Central Arizona College's baseball and softball teams. From 1996-2005, he was the head baseball coach where he took the Vaqueros' to the Junior College World Series twice, winning the NJCAA National Championship in 2002. Myers posted a 406-192 record (.678 winning pct.) at Central Arizona College and earned the NJCAA Coach of the Year award in 2002.

From 1987-95, Myers built a record of 481-43 (.917 winning pct.) as the skipper of the softball team. With softball, he won six national titles including a string of five straight from 1988-1992. He was named the NJCAA national coach of the year on six occasions. Myers was also selected as the National Softball Coaches Association (NSCA) Regional and National Coach of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Myers was inducted into the NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Arizona Softball Foundation Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Donna Papa

Papa, head softball coach at North Carolina since 1986 and a NFCA Hall of Fame inductee in 2012, has helped build Carolina softball into one of the top programs in the country.

She has guided Carolina to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the last 13 years and led the Tar Heels to a school record for wins as Carolina went 50-12-1 in 2008 – including hosting its first ever NCAA Regional. UNC has had 15 consecutive winning seasons, with 11 of those including 40 or more wins during the campaign.

One of the 20 winningest coaches in NCAA history, Papa won her 1,000th career game during the 2011 season and did so in grand fashion as the Tar Heels blanked Florida State 4-0. During her remarkable 29-year coaching career, she has compiled a 1,051-569-5 record, including a 1,022-554-2 mark as head coach at UNC.

Prior to arriving in Chapel Hill, Papa spent two seasons as head volleyball and softball coach at Susquehanna University. She also served as an assistant softball coach at St. John's University from 1981-83 after spending one year as an assistant coach at UNC Greensboro.

Papa played four seasons of softball at the University of Connecticut and also spent time with ASA Major Fast Pitch teams including the Franklin Coronets (West Haven, Conn.) and the Waterford (Conn.) Mariners.

A respected clinician, Papa conducts Carolina softball camps and clinics throughout the year. She is currently serving a two-year term on the NFCA All-America Committee, has served on the NCAA All-Region Committee and completed a two-year term representing the ACC on the NFCA Top-25 Selection Committee in 2006 and 2007.  

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Lori Sippel

Sippel, currently an associate head coach at Nebraska, is among an elite group of fewer than 150 worldwide members of the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame. As a head coach, she guided Team Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Canada's best ever finish.

Arguably the most dominant pitcher in Nebraska history, Sippel competed for the Huskers from 1985 to 1988, earning All-America honors twice as well as academic All-America honors and a nomination for the prestigious Honda Award.

Under her guidance in 2013, Nebraska boasted two of the nation's best pitchers in Tatum Edwards and Emily Lockman. Led by a 1.85 staff ERA that ranked 15th nationally, Nebraska won an NCAA Regional for the first time in 11 seasons, advanced to the first NCAA Super Regional in school history and made the program's seventh all-time appearance at the Women's College World Series.

In addition to tutoring the Husker pitchers, Sippel works with all phases of the program, including coaching the outfielders, recruiting, film study and administration.

A 13-year member of the Canadian National Team, Sippel was inducted into the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame in 1993. She played for Canada in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Columbus, Ga., in softball's debut as an Olympic sport. After hanging up her cleats, Sippel came out of playing retirement in 1998 to compete for Canada in the World Championships in Japan. She then moved into a coaching role with Team Canada and accomplished much with the squad. She guided the Canadians to an Olympic berth by virtue of a fifth-place finish at the World Championship in Beijing, China. Team Canada also added a second-place finish at the Canada Cup, as well as a third-place finish at the II World Cup of Softball.

After leading Team Canada to one win shy of a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she earned the distinction of participating in the Olympics as both a player and a coach. 

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Don Slaught

When it comes to baseball, Don Slaught considers himself to be a passionate student of the game. This has been true from his Little League days, through his high school and college years, and throughout his 16 years in the Major Leagues. He attributes his longevity to his commitment to learning and improving. The evidence proves this out. In his first eight years in the Big Leagues, Slaught hit .269 compared to his last eight years where he averaged over .300; and in is final five full seasons, he had a .310 average. Slaught said he didn’t get any stronger or faster but he did get smarter. He said it was the elimination of some poor information and the understanding of some good information on both mechanics and his approach that allowed him to improve late into his thirties.

It was this renovation that led him into coaching and the eventual development of RightView Pro. What took him years to understand can now be seen and understood very easily at even the earliest levels of baseball. Since retiring in 1997, Slaught has spent most of his time coaching at just about every level from Little Leaguers to Major Leaguers. He was the Big League Hitting Coach for the 2006 American League Champion Detroit Tigers. Slaught is quick to point out that the success of a coach is not based on knowing how to hit but rather on knowing how to get others to hit. They are two different skills. The goal of RVP was to speed up the learning curve by developing a system to allow coaches and players to see, understand, and communicate more effectively.

Heather Tarr

With nine seasons now in the books, University of Washington head coach Heather Tarr has led the Huskies to unprecedented heights. In 2009, the Huskies won their first-ever national championship in softball. During 2010 and 2013, UW won 50 and 45 games, respectively, while advancing to the Women's College World Series. Tarr is now 364-164-1 with her alma mater.

Before taking over the Washington program, Tarr had a six-year stint at Pacific, starting as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in April of 2004.

During her six seasons at Pacific, the Tigers posted a 232-124 (.652) overall record and 90-44 (.672) mark in the Big West Conference.

In 2004, Tarr guided the Tigers to a top-20 national batting average. In 2001, she and Pacific head coach Brian Kolze were named the 2001 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Tigers to within one win of the Women's College World Series and a No. 18 final national ranking. That team also finished the season with a .973 fielding percentage, ranking second-best in the country.

Tarr joined Pacific prior to the 1999 season after an outstanding career as a Husky. As a four-year letter winner, Tarr helped lead UW to a second-place finish at the Women's College World Series in 1996 and a third-place finish in 1997.

Beth Torina

Torina heads into her third season at the helm of the LSU softball program with an overall coaching mark of 211-152 in six years as a head coach.

During the 2013 campaign, her squad won 40 or more games for the second straight year under her guidance and hosted the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.

In her inaugural campaign at LSU, she helped lead the Tigers back to national prominence by earning a 2012 Women's College World Series berth. The trip marked the program's third overall appearance on college softball's biggest stage and first since 2004. Along the way the Tigers became the third team since the current regional/super regional format that was adopted in 2005 to knock off two seeded teams in No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Missouri on the road en route to Oklahoma City.

Torina has also served in the past as the head coach of the USSSA Florida Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League. Prior to assuming head coaching duties, she served as an assistant coach for two seasons under Florida head coach Tim Walton, including winning the 2010 NPF championship.

Before joining the LSU program in June 2011, Torina took Florida International of the Sun Belt Conference to new heights. The two-time SBC Coach of the Year led the Golden Panthers to a 129-111 record in four seasons and directed FIU to its first NCAA Tournament victory in 2010. She also spent five seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Houston from 2003-07. The Cougars claimed the 2007 Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. Torina began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Stetson University from 2000-02, leaving her mark on the Hatters' softball program after helping lead the 2001 squad to a share of the regular season Atlantic Sun Conference championship.

During her own playing career at Florida, she was a member of the 1998 Southeastern Conference regular season championship team as the squad's top pitcher. 

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John Tschida

John Tschida is the only NCAA coach to lead two different institutions to NCAA softball titles. It took just two years to get the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) to the national championships and just four years to lead the Tommies to two consecutive Division III national titles in 2004 and 2005. He guided his alma mater, Saint Mary's, to the 2000 NCAA Division III championship in just his fifth year of coaching.

Tschida and his staff have earned NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year honors twice. In his 19-year college career, Tschida has become the winningest Division III softball coach, active or retired, with a 734-128 record (.850 winning percentage). Every team ever coached by Tschida has been nationally ranked.

He guided the 2006 Tommies to a second place finish in the NCAA Division III National Championships and finished 48-4. The 48 wins tied a Division III record, and the team's 72 home runs in 52 games shattered the old D-III season record.

As a player, Tschida has been a two-time NAFA All-World player, five-time ASA Class "A" All-American, 2006 ASA Men's Open All-American and an ISC All-World Team player. He has competed in 17 ISC World Tournaments, 18 ASA National Tournaments and eight NAFA World Series. In 1998, Tschida was the leadoff hitter for the 1998 ASA Class "A" National Champion DMS Knights and won the NAFA World Series Open title in 2005. The teams he has played on are typically ranked in the top ten in the ISC World Rankings.

Kirk Walker

Walker, who was the head softball coach at Oregon State for 18 seasons, returned to his alma mater on Aug. 7, 2012, to begin his second stint on the UCLA softball coaching staff after previously serving as a member of the Bruin staff from 1984-94.

He returned to UCLA after spending nearly two decades at Oregon State. The all-time winningest coach in program history and the fifth-winningest in Oregon State history regardless of sport, Walker posted a 594-490-3 record (.548 winning percentage) and eight seasons with at least 40 wins. The Beavers made the postseason 10 times with Walker at the helm, including the 2012 campaign, which saw Oregon State post a 36-23 mark and set team records for runs batted in (269) and runs scored (301).

In 2006, Walker led the Beavers to their first-ever appearance in the Women's College World Series, as OSU posted a school-record, 28-game winning streak and reached No. 5 in the national rankings with a 43-16 overall mark. In 2005, he guided Oregon State (43-16) to its first-ever Pac-10 Championship (and the first regular-season Pac-10 title for any OSU women's sports program), earning Conference Coach of the Year honors for the second time (1999).

He has also earned coaching acclaim away from the collegiate level. He was named one of 12 coaches to form the USA Softball National Team Coaches Pool through the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Walker served as an assistant for the USA Elite Team for three summers (2002-04), and also assisted the USA Red National Team during the summer of 2001.

Walker spent 11 years at UCLA from 1984-94. The Bruins won National Championships six times with him on the staff (`84, `85, `88, `89, `90 and `92).

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Karen Weekly

A 17-year collegiate softball head coaching veteran boasting 841 career wins, Karen Weekly has just completed her 12th season with her husband Ralph at the helm of the Lady Volunteer softball program. Having guided UT to a staggering 618 victories, five top three national finishes (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013) and six appearances (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013) in the annual Women's College World Series since arriving to resuscitate the program prior to the 2002 season, Karen and Ralph have made it evident that tireless recruiting and solid coaching can produce huge dividends for the UT softball program.

The Tennessee softball team's 2013 season was truly one for the ages. The squad finished the year at 52-12, marking the eighth season with 50 or more wins in program history. The Lady Vols made their sixth appearance in the Women's College World Series, all of which have occurred in the last nine years (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013), and their second appearance in the WCWS Championship Series (2007, 2013). Tennessee went 16-6 in SEC play, finishing with the second-best regular-season record in the conference.

The Lady Vols completed the year as the national runner-up and were ranked at No. 2 in both the final USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.

Weekly is currently serving a second term as the Division I Representative on the NFCA’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the USA Softball coaching pool. 

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Mike White

After leading Oregon to many of its biggest wins in recent memory, fifth-year head coach Mike White has unquestionably re-established the Ducks as one of the nation’s top softball programs. His .723 winning percentage (173-66) over his first four years is the best all-time among Oregon head coaches.

In 2013, the Pac-12 Coach of the Year led Oregon to its first-ever Pac-12 title, its second-highest overall win total (50), and its best rankings in both coaches polls (No. 3) in the regular season’s final edition, advancing to its fourth straight Super Regional appearance (and overall).

During 2012, Oregon made its second-ever Women's College World Series trip, racking up its then-second-most wins (45) and ending the season rated fifth nationally in both polls.

In the summer of 2012, the former ISC Hall of Fame pitcher was tapped to lend his international expertise to the U.S. National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach. Team USA was 9-1 in the ISF Women's World Championship en route to a silver medal.

Before his current Duck tenure, White was already well-known in softball circles as an International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame pitcher and 30-year coaching veteran. After a previous stint as an assistant at UO, he served as an assistant coach for one of the nation’s top programs at Marist High School during the 2008-09 seasons. The program ended 2009 rated 22nd nationally by USA Today and won consecutive 4A state titles after identical 29-1 seasons.

As a player, White starred as a top pitcher on U.S. National Teams before he retired in 2007. A New Zealand native, he became a U.S. citizen in 1994 and helped guide the USA to a bronze medal in the 2000 World Championships when he went 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts. 

Margie Wright

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.