Washington Named Division I Coaching Staff of the Year
June 30, 2009
Head coach Heather Tarr and her entire coaching staff at the University of Washington have been selected as the NFCA’s NCAA Division I Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Monday. Tarr and her staff piloted the Huskies to the first NCAA Championship in program history earlier this month.
Tarr led a staff comprised of assistant coaches Gina Carbonatto and Lance Glasoe, volunteer assistant J.T. D’Amico and student assistant Dru Hester.
The Washington Huskies captured the first NCAA softball championship in school history in 2009, sweeping the best-of-three championship series from top-seeded and top-ranked Florida. Washington, the Pac-10 runner-up with a 14-7 conference record (51-12 overall), played its entire posteason schedule away from the friendly confines of Husky Stadium, traveling to Amherst, Mass., where Washington defeated Sacred Heart and UMass to advance to Sunday’s regional championship. After dropping that first regional game, the Huskies and Minutewomen engaged in a 15-inning struggle with UW prevailing 6-1. The next trip was to Atlanta, where the Huskies swept Georgia Tech to advance to the WCWS where Washington went 5-1 en route to the title.
Washington was also selected as the the Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year for the 2009 season.
Coach John Rittman and the Stanford assistant coaches were named the top coaching staff in the West Region. The Cardinal finished 48-11 on the 2009 season for an .814 winning percentage, the best in school history and third-best in the nation. It marked the 11th 40-win season and 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Stanford won 28 consecutive games from Feb. 7-Mar 27 and matched its best Pac-10 record in school history (13-8), finishing fourth in the conference standings. The eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford swept through the Palo Alto, Calif., regional with wins over Portland State, Nevada and Cal Poly to advance to super regionals. The following weekend, the three-game super regional series fell in Arizona’s favor, leaving the Cardinal tied for ninth nationally in the tournament standings.
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