OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball, the national governing body of softball in the United States, is proud to announce that Heather Tarr (head coach of Redmond, Washington / Washington) has been selected as the head coach of the national team United States Women’s Softball 2022 (WNT). Selected by members of the United States Women’s National Softball Team (WNTSC) selection committee, Tarr will lead the reds, whites and blues at the 2022 World Games in addition to various international competitions throughout the year. ‘year. Historic selection for the United States National Softball Team program, Tarr will be the sixth female head coach to lead the WNT after Rosalie Sorenson (1970), Marge Ricker (1982), Carol Spanks (1987), Shirley Topley ( 1991) and Margie Wright (1998).
“We are honored to have Coach Tarr lead our National Women’s Team for the 2022 season,” said Craig Cress, General Manager of USA Softball. “Since serving as the Head Coach of the Junior Women’s National Team and Assistant Coach of the National Women’s Team, Coach Tarr has played a key role in continuing USA Softball’s legacy while shaping and developing the program in recent years. We believe she brings top-notch skills, knowledge and experience as the next head coach after being part of our US Olympic softball team’s silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. We can’t wait to see Coach Tarr and the National Women’s Team represent the United States team next summer.
Tarr joined the USA Softball program as an assistant coach for the WNT and helped guide the 2017 roster to a gold medal at the Pan American Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Returning to the coaching staff in 2018, Tarr enjoyed another gold medal season with the WNT taking the top step of the podium at the WBSC World Championship. In 2019, Tarr was the head coach of a historic U-19 WNT which won a bronze medal at the USA Softball International Cup, the first for a JWNT program and a gold medal at the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball. . World Cup. Most recently, Tarr served as an assistant coach for the 2020-21 U.S. Olympic softball team, helping the U.S. team to a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I look forward to the opportunity to help the United States build its future and am honored to be charged with a mindset eager to add to the foundations laid by American softball athletes and coaches. current and past, ”Tarr said. “I feel prepared, inspired and compelled to take on this challenge. Being a part of the 2020 Olympic experience, I got to see women like Cat Osterman, Danielle Lawrie, and Ukiko Ueno become the best at what they do. Because of my experiences, I am compelled to do more to ensure that our women who compete for USA Softball have the opportunity to become the best in the world.
“To keep improving our sport, we need the whole practical deck,” she added. “We need to access the future through all the resources we have. From grassroots efforts at the youth and community levels, to the RBI Breakthrough series and travel, we need alignment and support. For USA Softball to be the best team in the world, we need our NCAA programs and our athletic directors to continue to see the potential of the sport; we need continued MLB funding; we need everyone’s cooperation. I am committed to building the relationships necessary for players to stay in this game and believe they can become the best in the world at their sport, but more importantly, the best at what they do on the best team in the world. world.
As a player, Tarr was a letter winner for four years in Washington. As part of Washington’s first team to reach the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), Tarr helped the Huskies clinch a second place finish in 1996 and a third place finish in 1997. In his four years, Tarr won three Pac-12 All-Academic deserves and has been named to the All-Pac-12 First Team three times.
As a coach, Tarr was named the Huskies’ head coach in 2005 and became the most successful coach of all sports in Washington history. In addition to guiding the Huskies to a national championship in 2009 – the program’s first – Tarr guided 24 All-Americans, including Danielle Lawrie, two-time college softball player of the year in the United States.
“Not only is Heather Tarr a well-deserved person to be the next head coach of the United States Women’s National Softball Team, but she is a historic choice for the United States team,” said the coach. 2020-21 Women’s National Team Leader Ken Eriksen. “There is no one better served to be the next women’s head coach on the National Women’s Team than Coach Tarr. Its relentless and tireless promotion of the empowerment of women is unquestionable. His selflessness in the pursuit of perfection on the field is appreciated by professionals and his knowledge of the highest level of softball is undoubtedly among the best minds in the game of bat and ball. Personally, I think the committee did a remarkable job in choosing our next head coach.
“I’ve been in this sport for decades and have seen its iterations and its successes and its tough losses,” Tarr said. and excellence, like the United States, every year between the Olympics and to win on the world stage. “
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