Washington Extends Contract of Highly-Successful Softball Coach

March 28, 2008

SEATTLE - Following three-straight NCAA Tournament qualifications and an appearance in last year's College World Series, University of Washington officials have awarded highly-successful head softball coach Heather Tarr with a two-year contract extension.

Tarr, 33, is currently in her fourth year at Washington where she has compiled a 133-75-1 record for a .639 winning percentage. She has led the Huskies to three-straight NCAA super regional appearances and guided last year's team to the College World Series and third-place national finish. Under Tarr's guidance the last three seasons, five Washington players have earned All-America honors.

'I am really looking forward to continuing to build on what we are doing here at the University of Washington,' said Tarr, a native of Redmond. 'It is an honor to serve at an institution that attracts the finest student-athletes and assists in their development as athletes, students and as individuals. I'd like to thank my assistant coaches who help our student-athletes make strides within our program, on the field and in the classroom. I would also like to thank Scott Woodward and Marie Tuite for making a commitment to my continued stewardship of our softball program. I truly am excited about the direction of the UW athletics program.'

A 1998 graduate of Washington, Tarr was a four-year letterwinner for the Huskies and helped lead Washington to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1996 and 1997. She was a three-year member of the Pacific-10 Conference all-academic team and was an all-region selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

'Heather has done an outstanding job of restoring our softball program back to national prominence,' said UW's senior associate athletic director Marie Tuite. 'She is an excellent tactical coach, a great recruiter and, most importantly, a wonderful mentor to the student-athletes under her direction. The UW athletics program has displayed a strong commitment to success in softball since it began the program in 1993. Heather Tarr is the coach who can lead our program with a high degree of integrity and contend year-in and year-out for the national championship.'

Tarr began her coaching career as an undergraduate assistant coach in 1998, helping the Huskies to a third-straight College World Series appearance. She spent five seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. While at Pacific, she earned a master's degree in education and, in 2001, joined head coach Brian Kolze as the NFCA regional coaching staff of the year and No. 18 final national ranking.

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