Candrea coached the 2004 USA Softball Women's National Team to its third consecutive Olympic gold medal in
“This is an incredible honor to receive from the USOC,” said Candrea. “But, the credit belongs to the players. I can’t tell you how proud I am of each one of them for their efforts during 2004. They were a great group of core athletes who were truly a pleasure to coach throughout the year. To be a part of this team and USA Softball is quite an honor.”
Candrea led the 2004 USA Softball Women’s National team to its third consecutive Olympic gold medal with a perfect 9-0 run. Noted as one of the most dominant Olympic performances in history, the team consisted of 15 athletes -- four two-time gold medalists, two one-time gold medalists, and nine rookies.
Outscoring opponents 51-1, the
“Mike brings a confidence to the USA Softball program that is contagious,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director
Dwayne Miller (Norfolk, Va./track & field), Barry Hunter (Ft. Washington, Md./boxing) and Mike Hulett (Des Plaines, Ill./sitting volleyball) were also selected as the 2004 USOC Developmental, Volunteer and National Paralympic coaches, respectively. Also honored during the May 1 Coach of the Year Recognition Banquet at the
National Coach of the Year finalists April Heinrichs (Gainesville, Va./U.S. Soccer), Yevgeny Marchenko (Plano, Texas/ USA Gymnastics), Eddie Reese (Austin, Texas/USA Swimming) and Dane Selznick (El Segundo, Calif./USA Volleyball) as well as Development Coach of the Year finalists Desmond Dickie (Toronto, Canada/USA Cycling), Pamela Gregory (Newark, Del./U.S. Figure Skating), Renee Hildebrand (Belleview, Fla./USA Roller Sports) and Drew Johansen (Columbus, Ohio/USA Diving) were also recognized during the May 1 event for their contributions to sport.