Mike Candrea

About Mike Candrea

In 2010, Sterling Athletics and Coach Candrea started their strategic alliance with the ultimate goal of offering the highest quality and technologically advanced softballs in the industry. Coach Candrea is considered THE GREATEST softball coach the game has ever witnessed.

As the Head Coach for the University of Arizona women’s softball team, Mike Candrea has experienced 25 years of excellence. He helped build the first legitimate college stadium for the sport and put the game front and center on national television. Coach Candrea’s average record for the last quarter of a century is 53-11. He has won EIGHT NCAA Division 1 National Championships, TEN PAC-10 Conference Championships and turned 86 Wildcat players into All-Americans with 5 players bringing home Honda Awards as the National Player of the Year.

Coach Candrea also served twice as the U.S.A. Head Coach in the Olympics bringing home a gold and silver medal.


  • 1361-314-2 (.812)
  • 1,100 career NCAA Division I victories faster than any coach in history
  • 21 trips to the Women's College World Series over the last 22 years


  • 8 NCAA Division I National Championships: 1991,1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007
  • 10 PAC-10 Conference Championships
  • Perhaps the most remarkable statistic is the virtual guarantee that all four-year players at UA leave with at least one national championship ring to their name


  • 4 time National Coach of the Year
  • 10 time PAC-10 Coach of the Year
  • Coach of 39 NCAA All Americans who have received a total of 82 All American awards
  • Coach of 5 Honda Broderick Award Winners given to the best player in collegiate softball each season
  • Member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame


  • Unites States Olympic Softball Head Coach – 2004 & 2008 Olympic Games
  • Olympic Gold Medal 2004
  • Olympic Silver Medal 2008
  • United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 2004 and honored with the Olympic Shield

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