Geoff Hirai Named Assistant Softball Coach

July 25, 2005

SEATTLE-- Geoff Hirai will join the Washington softball coaching staff for the 2006 season, head coach Heather Tarr announced today. A Redmond native, Hirai returns to the Northwest after stints as a college coach, major league scout and most recently, owner and instructor at the All Star Dugout in Mission Viejo, Calif. Hirai replaces Robert Wagner who left UW to become the top assistant at Arizona State last month.

'When I thought of who would best fit the needs of our program at this point in time, I immediately thought of Geoff,' said Tarr. 'He brings with him a passion for coaching and a tremendous amount of knowledge. Being a former baseball player, Geoff will be able to easily convert the knowledge he has for the game into the game of fastpitch softball. Geoff is very detail oriented in all that he does and he will expect a lot from our players and demand perfection.

'I have known Geoff as a coach for many years. He knows what it takes to compete at the highest level. He will have an immediate impact on the University of Washington softball program.'

Hirai comes to UW after working as owner, instructor and coach at the All Star Dugout. Hirai has coached the 18-under travel team for the last four years and has provided individual instruction to athletes pursuing careers in the collegiate and professional baseball ranks.

Prior to becoming the owner of the All Star Dugout, Hirai was an associate scout with the Cincinnati Reds baseball organization from 2001-03. In this capacity, Hirai was responsible for evaluating players that may be draft worthy.

Before working for the Reds, Hirai spent one year as a teacher at Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawaii. Hirai taught US History, Humanities and Consumer Education.

Hirai joined Waiakea High School after a successful baseball career at Hawaii-Hilo where he was a four-year letterwinner. Hirai graduated in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in History and was an assistant coach for two seasons at Hawaii-Hilo while working to obtain his teaching certificate in Secondary Education.

'I'm very excited for the opportunity to coach at Washington and will do what I can to help these ladies win a national championship,' said Hirai. 'I've known Heather since we were playing on the 10 year old baseball all-star team. We were good friends at Redmond High School and have kept in touch. I'm excited to join the Husky coaching staff and work with this team.'

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