UW Reassigns Softball Coach Teresa Wilson

Dec. 22, 2003

Statement from the University of Washington Regarding the Reassignment of Softball Coach Teresa Wilson

The University of Washington's investigation into Dr. William Scheyer's activities in the softball program continues. Based on issues that have surfaced in the course of the investigation thus far, and given everything that has transpired around the softball program this fall, Athletic Director Barbara Hedges has determined that it is in the best interests of the program to relieve Head Coach Teresa Wilson of her coaching duties for the duration of her contract, which expires in June 2004. Under the terms of the contract, the athletic director has the discretion to assign the coach to other responsibilities, and Hedges is invoking this provision of the contract.

The University of Washington first fielded a softball team in 1993. Since then, the program has compiled a won-loss record of 532-198-1, never having a losing season. The team finished eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference in its inaugural season and fourth in the third year, but in the top three every other year, including two Conference championships.

The Huskies have appeared in NCAA post-season competition every year except their first year, including six trips to the Softball College World Series where they were twice national runners-up.

The program recently was ranked third on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Time Top 50 poll, using weekly rankings since 1995. The Huskies have been in the rankings every week during that time period except for once.

'This is a difficult decision but one I feel is necessary to move the program beyond the issues with which it has been dealing since October,' said Hedges. 'Assistant Coaches Scott Centala and Steve Dailey will coach the team this season as co-interim head coaches.'

Scott Centala has been on the Washington coaching staff since 1997, specializing in defensive instruction, including throwing and the infield and outfield positions. In 2000 the Huskies finished the year with a program-best .977 fielding percentage, tying for second nationally.

He played professional baseball with the St. Paul Saints and in the Minnesota Twins' and he Kansas City Royals' organizations, as a pitcher. Centala played collegiate baseball at Texas A&M, twice earning all-conference honors. As a freshman, he played at the Oklahoma City University where he was named Rookie of the Year after leading the team to the 1985 NAIA World Series.

Centala earned a bachelor of science degree in scientific and technical communications from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Sandy have two children, Sydney (7) and Spencer (1).

Steve Dailey joined the Washington staff before last season, coaching the offense. He played professional baseball for six years, including competition in the Northern Professional League from 1993-94. Dailey received the NPL Rookie of the Year award and was selected for the 1993 All-Star Game.

A 1992 graduate of Oklahoma State University, he led the Big Eight Conference with a .470 batting average as a freshman and a year later helped lead the Cowboys to the 1990 NCAA national championship runner-up spot.

Dailey and his wife Keely have two daughters, Kaylen (5) and Emme (3).

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