Collegiate Coaching Record
Candrea coached at the junior college level prior to arriving at UA.
Under Candrea, the Arizona softball team has become one of the top programs in the U.S. and a perennial powerhouse in the NCAA. Candrea has coached at Arizona since 1986, where he has garnered over 1100 NCAA wins, along with nine Pac-10 conference titles. Candrea also has ten Pac-10 coach of the year awards. The Arizona softball team has won eight NCAA Women's College World Series titles, in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, and 2007, all under Coach Candrea (NCAA Softball Championship). The team appeared in the NCAA Women's College World Series 16 consecutive years, from 1988 to 2003, and again from 2005 to 2010 - 22 appearances, all coming in the last 23 seasons. In addition, UA has appeared in 12 National Championship title games, including eight consecutive appearances, from 1991 and 1998 (NCAA Softball Championship). UA has most recently appeared in the 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2010 National Championship games. Under Candrea at UA, the number of National Championship title game appearances is second only to UCLA.
National Team Coaching Record
The team won their third consecutive gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games. In addition, Candrea has led the national team to two consecutive World Cup championships, most recently in 2007.
Mike Candrea was married to Sue Ellen Hudson for 28 years until her death in July 2004. Candrea has two children from this marriage: a son Mikel, 26, and a daughter Michelle, 23. The death of Sue did not in any way dissuade Candrea from completing his duties as head coach of the 2004 US Olympic Softball Team.
Candrea recently announced his engagement to Tina Tilton.
- National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame
- List of college softball coaches with 800 career wins