Candrea named finalist
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – USA Softball Olympic head coach Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, AZ) was recently announced as one of five finalist for the 2003 United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Coach of the Year. The award will be presented Sunday, May 2, 2004, during a dinner at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO where the USOC will also recognize the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year.
In 2003, Coach Candrea added the fifth consecutive Pan American gold medal to the USA Softball extended list of achievements along with title performances at the U.S. Cup and Japan Cup. The team posted a 30-2 overall record for the year outscoring opponents 240-17. Set to lead the defending two-time Olympic gold medalist in Athens, Greece, Candrea also serves as head coach at the University of Arizona where he has captured six national titles.
“We are extremely honored for Mike to be recognized as one of the finalist for the Coach of the Year award,” ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda said. “His coaching record speaks for itself during his time at Arizona and with the USA Softball program. The quality, excellence, and success he puts forth has been a huge plus for us our program. He has been instrumental in our success and we are looking forward to the future. He truly has the ability to make great players even better through his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication.”
Forty-one Olympic and Pan American sport organizations selected their 2003 National, Developmental and/or Volunteer Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year recognition program. The five finalists in the National and Developmental categories and the winner of the USOC Volunteer Coach of the Year title will be honored May 1-3 at the Colorado Springs Training Complex.
The following coaches round out the field of five selected by the USOC; Bob Bowman (Baltimore, Md./USA Swimming), Edward Korfanty (Portland, Ore./U.S. Fencing), Terry Steiner (Colorado Springs/USA Wrestling) and Lloyd Woodhouse (Colorado Springs/USA Shooting).
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 91 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.