Taylor McQuillin Returns to Program as Graduate Manager
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona All-American pitcher Taylor McQuillin has returned to the program as the team's Graduate Manager for the 2021 season.
McQuillin, who returned to Tucson following her participation in the professional softball league Athletes Unlimited, has been very busy following her graduation from Arizona in 2019. McQuillin plays professionally in both pro softball leagues and is a member of the Mexican National Team, which will participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. She spent the 2020 season in the same role at Arkansas.
"Tucson has had a special place in my heart since the day I committed to the University of Arizona over eight years ago. I am so glad that my softball journey has found its way back to the field with Arizona Softball," said McQuillin. "It hasn't felt the same since I graduated, and getting this opportunity to be a part of this group has been nothing short of a dream come true."
McQuillin was a 2019 first-team NFCA All-American, when she led the Wildcats back to the Women's College World Series. She was a four-time all-conference pitcher, UA's first pitcher to accomplish that since Alicia Hollowell (2003-06) and currently sits top-10 in UA history in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.
"We are very excited to have Taylor McQuillin back in our program as a Graduate Manager," said head coach Mike Candrea. "Taylor had a tremendous playing career as a pitcher during her time at Arizona and just completed a summer with Athletes Unlimited. She will be preparing herself to represent Team Mexico at the upcoming Olympic Games and we are very proud to have her back in Red and Blue for the upcoming year. We are always very excited to give former Wildcats a chance to attend graduate school. She will be replacing Mo Mercado who held that position for the past two years and we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Mo and the great job she did for our program."
McQuillin is receiving her Master's in Educational Leadership.