Arizona Softball

Mike Candrea retirement press conference

Mike Candrea with his former players at his retirement press conference (Troy Hutchison/

Arizona coach Mike Candrea announced his retirement Monday morning after 36 seasons as head coach.

Arizona held Candrea’s retirement press conference on Tuesday at McKale Center with former players from the start of his coaching career to today’s squad there to honor the man they call “Coach.”

Here’s Candrea’s opening statement from his press conference:

Full press conference honoring Candrea with questions from the local media:

Athletic Director Dave Heeke talked the media about Candrea and the impact he has had on the university:

After the press conference our Troy Hutchison and Steve Rivera had the chance to talk to Candrea about his career and the impact he had on softball:

FOLLOW TROY HUTCHISON ON TWITTER! writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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