|Born||August 29, 1955|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Alma mater||Central Arizona College|
Arizona State University
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1976–1980||Central Arizona (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||Junior college: 185–69 (.728)|
NCAA: 1,610–416–2 (.794)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2nd on List of college softball coaches with 1,000 wins|
John Michael Candrea (born August 29, 1955) is the head softball coach at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He was the head coach of the United States women's national softball team in 2004, when Team USA won a gold medal, and in 2008, bringing home silver. Candrea is 2nd on the all-time wins list
Education and career beginnings
Born in New Orleans, Candrea moved with his family to Phoenix at age seven. He graduated from Sunnyslope High School and later earned an associate degree at Central Arizona College in 1975, a bachelor's degree at Arizona State University in 1978, and a master's degree from Arizona State in 1980.
Candrea was an assistant baseball coach at Central Arizona from 1976 to 1980 and a softball coach from 1981 through 1985.
University of Arizona
Under Candrea, the Arizona softball team has become one of the top programs in the United States and a perennial powerhouse in the NCAA. Candrea has coached at Arizona since 1986, where he has garnered 1610 NCAA wins, along with eleven Pac-10 Conference titles. Candrea also has ten Pac-10 coach of the year awards. The Arizona softball team has won eight Women's College World Series titles, in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, and 2007, all under Candrea. 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 WCWS title games, including eight consecutive appearances, from 1991 and 1998. UA has most recently appeared in the 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2010 WCWS games. Under Candrea at UA, the number of WCWS appearances is second only to UCLA.
On March 26 he became the second coach in NCAA division 1 with 1,500 wins the fastest to ever do so. On March 5th, 2019 Candrea won his 1,580th game tying him with Carol Hutchins of Michigan for most in NCAA Softball history. Later during the 2019 season, on April 19th, Candrea defeated Stanford 9−1 to become only the second coach in NCAA softball history & fastest coach in sport, any division, in NCAA history to reach the 1,600 win plateau. His 8 national title victories is the most for all coaches in Division 1.
Head coaching record
The following lists Candrea's record as a head coach at the NCAA level.
|Arizona Wildcats (Pacific West Conference) (1986)|
|Arizona Wildcats (Pacific-10 Conference) (1987–2003)|
|1988||Arizona||54–18||15–5||2nd||Women's College World Series|
|1989||Arizona||48–19||11–9||3rd||Women's College World Series|
|1990||Arizona||49–17||12–6||2nd||Women's College World Series|
|1999||Arizona||53–16||19–9||2nd||Women's College World Series|
|2000||Arizona||59–9||16–4||2nd||Women's College World Series|
|2003||Arizona||56–7||19–2||1st||Women's College World Series|
|Arizona Wildcats (Pacific-10 Conference) (2005–2007)|
|2005||Arizona||45–12||13–8||1st||Women's College World Series|
|Arizona Wildcats (Pacific-10/Pac-12 Conference) (2009–present)|
|2009||Arizona||46–17||13–7||3rd||Women's College World Series|
|2011||Arizona||43–18||11–10||T–3rd||NCAA Super Regional|
|2012||Arizona||38–19||12–12||T–4th||NCAA Super Regional|
|2014||Arizona||44–16||14–10||5th||NCAA Super Regional|
|2015||Arizona||41–20||13–11||3rd||NCAA Super Regional|
|2016||Arizona||40–21||13–11||5th||NCAA Super Regional|
|2017||Arizona||52–8||18–7||1st||NCAA Super Regional|
|2018||Arizona||43–14||13–11||5th||NCAA Super Regional|
|2019||Arizona||48–12||19–5||3rd||Women's College World Series|
|Arizona:||1,611–416–2 (.794)||473–202–2 (.700)|
Postseason invitational champion
Team USA won its third consecutive gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games. In addition, Candrea led the national team to two consecutive World Cup championships, most recently in 2007.
In 2006, Candrea married Tina Tilton.
- List of college softball coaches with 1,000 wins
- National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame
- "Mike Candrea". USA Softball. USA Softball. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "NFCA Hall of Fame". NFCA. NFCA. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "Arizona Softball Foundation Hall of Fame (Mike Candrea)". Arizona Softball Foundation. Arizona Softball Foundation. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "Mike Candrea". Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "Bio: Mike Candrea". ArizonaWildcats.com. 2004. Archived from the original on April 6, 2004. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
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- "Candrea Wins 1,600th Game in Run-Rule Wins".
- "2018 Media Guide" (PDF).