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Arizona Wildcats HC Mike Candrea announces retirement


Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea officially announced his retirement Monday.

Candrea, 65, amassed a legendary career with the Wildcats, becoming the winningest softball coach of all time. 

Under his leadership, the Wildcats won eight national championships, made 24 Women’s College World Series appearances, won 10 conference championships and coached 53 All-Americans while winning 1,674 games. 

He also coached the USA Softball team to gold in the 2004 Olympics and silver in the 2008 Olympics. 

Four-time All-American and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team member Caitlin Lowe, who has spent the past nine seasons on Candrea’s staff, has been named his replacement. 

Candrea will continue to work with the Arizona athletic department, serving in an advisory role as well as assisting with coaching development.