Best Of Tucson®

Best Coach

Mike Candrea

OK, so you've made it to the national championship game for the umpteenth time, but your pitcher--the two-time national Player of the Year and your best player ever--has used up her eligibility; your second-best pitcher has transferred to a school in Florida; and your All-American first-baseman has left school. What do you do? Well, in the case of the unflappable Candrea, you take a young team to yet another Pac-10 title, go to the NCAAs and fall just one game short of appearing in the national championship game again. Then, you coach the United States team to the world title in Saskatchewan and start in on your duties as coach of the U.S. Olympic team. Best coach in Tucson? Next year, he'll be acclaimed as the best softball coach in the world.