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Arizona softball needs a new assistant coach

Stacy Iveson (Photo by Andy Morales, AllSportsTucson.com)

The Arizona Wildcats softball team is looking for a new pitching coach.

Head coach Mike Candrea told AllSportsTucson.com on Friday that Stacy Iveson, a former Wildcats catcher who has served two stints as an assistant coach, will transition into a different role with the program.

“Stacy has decided that she would like to be in more of an administrative role, so we’re going to put her in a director of ops/recruiting role to help out with trying to do more to enhance our ability to reach out to this generation in a more concentrated way,” Candrea said.

“So, we’re going to have someone who is going to be thinking about that every day and taking a lot off the plates of us so we can coach the team.”

Iveson coached at Arizona for seven seasons from 1995 to 2001 and rejoined the team in the summer of 2011. In between those stints, she won four NJCAA national titles — two as the head coach at Pima Community College and two at Yavapai College in Prescott.

Iveson most recently held the title of pitching coach and associate head coach, calling pitches from the dugout.

The team’s other assistant is former Arizona All-American outfielder Caitlin Lowe, who is entering her fifth season on staff.

According to the job posting, a review of candidates will begin Oct. 16.

The Wildcats began play Friday night in the Arizona Fall Classic against junior college competition at Hillenbrand Stadium. The tournament runs through Sunday.

A newcomer to the pitching staff, Purdue junior transfer Gina Snyder, could make an appearance. Snyder, a Sahuaro High School alum, had health issues in her final season at Purdue, but was officially added to the team this week after a tryout.

“We’re just welcoming her with open arms and see what she can do,” Candrea said. “She hasn’t thrown for a while, but she spins the ball really well.”

Junior Taylor McQuillin and freshman Hannah Bowen figure to get the bulk of the innings in the fall exhibition season.

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