Arizona Softball

Arizona’s Caitlin Lowe 12th active head coach groomed by Mike Candrea


Former Arizona All-American and U.S. Olympic outfielder Caitlin Lowe was officially introduced Wednesday as the successor to Mike Candrea as the Wildcats’ softball coach.

Lowe, 36, spent the last nine seasons under Candrea following a professional career with the USSSA Pride. Lowe served as the program’s director of operations in 2013 and then as a volunteer assistant coach in 2014, before joining the coaching staff full-time in 2015. She served as Arizona’s associate head coach from 2018 to 2021.

She is the 12th active head coach from high school to the pro ranks to play under Candrea, who officially announced his retirement Monday after 36 years with the program.

FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES WHO ARE SOFTBALL HEAD COACHES

List of softball head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona.
Compiled by AllSportsTucson.com.
NameUATeam SportStart
Candace Abrams2000-04Clarendon (Texas) JCSoftball2020
Amy Baray-Rocha1999Salpointe Catholic HSSoftball2015
Jackie Coburn2002-05Scottsdale Horizon HSSoftball2013
Debby Day1989-91Cal-LutheranSoftball2002
Tanya Farhat-Villarreal1994-97West Bend (WI) Slinger HSSoftball2015
Kristie Fox2004-07UNLVSoftball2017
Krista Humphreys1993-96Corona (CA) Centennial HSSoftball2015
Stacey Iveson1986-89Israel National TeamSoftball2019
Caitlin Lowe2004-07Arizona Softball2022
Jennifer Martinez2008-09Abraham Baldwin (GA) JCSoftball2017
Jody Pruitt1990-93Peoria Sunrise Mountain HSSoftball2011
Rebekah Quiroz2002Pima CCSoftball2019
Gina Snyder2018-19Manatee (FL) SqueezeSoftball2020

“Tucson you have my heart,” Lowe said at McKale Center on Wednesday during her introductory press conference. “I promise not to give my best impersonation of Coach Candrea, but the absolute best version of myself each and every day.

“His lessons live inside of me and I can’t wait to pass them on to future generations.”

Candrea told AllSportsTucson.com’s Steve Rivera and Troy Hutchison that Lowe impresses him the most because of her “excellence” and “humility.”

Caitlin Lowe introduced Wednesday as Arizona’s sixth head softball coach (Arizona Athletics video capture)

“She’s something else. She doesn’t even want to even talk about how good she is,” Candrea said. “I fell in love with her. I love what she represents. And then being able to watch her grow as a coach, it’s been acknowledged that it was a good decision, that she was ready for this.”

Candrea gave her the responsibility of scouting opponents the last four to five years.

“She likes watching video and she does a really good job of giving you a synopsis of how we’re going to play defense on the opponents,” he said. “She does a really good job with the kids on looking at a pitcher and say, ‘This is what your plan should be.’

“Who best other than her to be able to do that?”

Here is a complete list of known active coaches who were Arizona athletes:

FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES WHO ARE HEAD COACHES

List of head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona. *-Denotes did not finish career at Arizona. Compiled by AllSportsTucson.com.
NameUATeam SportStart
Amy Baray-Rocha1999Salpointe Catholic HSSoftball2015
Adia Barnes1995-99ArizonaWomen's hoops2016
Marcus Bell1996-99Eagar Round Valley HSFootball2011
Heidi Bomberger-Bruschi1993-97Attleboro (MA) Feehan HSVolleyball 2020
Matt Brase2003-05Haiti National TeamMen's hoops2017
Robert Bonillas1995-98Desert View HSFootball2012
Tod Brown1990-94North Dakota StateBaseball2007
Jackie Coburn2002-05Scottsdale Horizon HSSoftball2013
Troy Cooke1982-84Show Low HSBoys hoops2020
Debby Day1989-91Cal-LutheranSoftball2002
Jay Dobyns1982-84Tanque Verde HSFootball2020
Britt Echols*2001Sahuaro HSBaseball2020
Byron Evans 1983-86South Mountain HSFootball2020
Terry Francona1977-80Cleveland IndiansMLB2013
Tanya Farhat-Villarreal1994-97West Bend (WI) Slinger HSSoftball2015
Brenda Frese1989-93MarylandWomen's hoops2002
Kristie Fox2004-07UNLVSoftball2017
Margo Geer2011-14AlabamaSwimming/Diving2020
Jason Hisey1988-91Canyon del Oro HSBaseball2019
Jack Howell1983Anaheim Angels Class A Baseball2021
Krista Humphreys1993-96Corona (CA) Centennial HSSoftball2015
Stacey Iveson1986-89Israel National TeamSoftball2019
Mark Keel1979-82Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap HSFootball2000
Steve Kerr1983-88Golden State WarriorsNBA2014
Michael Klyce2004-08Los Angeles Locke HSFootball2017
David Landrith1980-83Pusch Ridge HSBaseball2019
Andy Litten1999-03Scottsdale Horizon HSFootball2021
Hunter Long2013-15Douglas HSFootball2019
Michael Lopez2009-12Big Spring (TX) Howard JCBaseball2020
Caitlin Lowe2004-07Arizona Softball2022
Paige Maggio2013-16Mountain View HSGirls soccer2018
Brandon Manumaleuna1997-00Lawndale (CA) Leuzinger HSFootball2020
Jennifer Martinez2008-09Abraham Baldwin (GA) JCSoftball2017
Scott McKee1999-02Sahuaro HSFootball2009
Craig McMillan1984-88Santa Rosa (CA) JCMen's hoops2000
Richard Mercado2002-04Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei HSBaseball2019
Leighton Milton1992-93Hollywood (CA) HSFootball2020
Edwin Mulitalo1995-98Southern VirginiaFootball2018
Ronnie Palmer2005-08Monterrey Peninsula (CA) JCFootball2020
Josh Pastner1996-00Georgia TechMen's hoops2016
Jose Portilla1996-97Heritage AcademyFootball2017
Jody Pruitt1990-93Peoria Sunrise Mountain HSSoftball2011
Rebekah Quiroz2002Pima CCSoftball2019
Danielle Steinberg2005-09ColoradoWomen's tennis2018
Gina Snyder2018-19Manatee (FL) SqueezeSoftball2020
Jason Stewart1997-99Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito HSBoys hoops2014
Damon Stoudamire1992-95PacificMen's hoops2016
Luke Walton1999-03Sacramento KingsNBA2019


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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