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Release: 10/07/2008
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Oct. 7, 2008

TUCSON -- Teresa Wilson, head coach at Texas Tech since 2005 and a veteran with 15 years of Pac-10 head coaching experience, will join Mike Candrea's staff at Arizona this week as the program's pitching coach.

"I'm thrilled to be part of Arizona's program," Wilson said. "I look forward to the opportunity to learn more from Mike and help continue the success the Wildcats have enjoyed."

Candrea, officially sidelined a year ago while serving as head coach of the Olympic Team for USA Softball, noted some good fortune in luring Wilson from a head coaching position. "I think it's just an outstanding hire for our program," he said.

"Teresa is a very good teacher of the game and can take our pitchers where they need to go. You can't beat her experience and work ethic at the top levels of the game. We're in great position to continue moving forward. She'll take it up a notch," Candrea said.

Wilson joins Larry Ray, a long-time top aide and two-year head coach in Candrea's 2004 and 2008 Olympic absences, and Amy Chellevold Hillenbrand, a volunteer coach and former UA player, on Candrea's 2009 staff.

Wilson, a former pitching All-American, coached the Red Raiders to a five-game turnaround in the rugged Big 12 Conference in her four seasons in Lubbock, improving from 3-15 her first year in 2005 to 8-10 last season. She completed her four years with a record of 89-123 playing schedules that rated with any in the country, including recent games in Tucson in early-season tournament action against Arizona in 2007.

Wilson took over the reins of the TTU program three weeks before the 2005 season. That team beat eventual Olympian Cat Osterman and Texas in Austin in late April as a signal of the strides the program would make under Wilson's watch. In 2007 the team competed for the Big 12 tournament title for the first time in the program's history. The 2008 team - after getting off to a disappointing start to the season - finished with the most home wins in the program's history and ranked sixth in the Big 12, its highest finish since 2001. Wilson also earned accolades for her teams' academic improvement and focus during her tenure.

In 11 seasons at Washington from 1993 to 2003, Wilson coached the Huskies to consecutive NCAA appearances her final 10 seasons including six trips to the Women's College World Series and final national rankings each of those 10 years. Her 1996 club, No. 1 for much of the year in a 59-9 season, lost to Candrea's Arizona squad, 6-4, in the WCWS title game and her 1999 team (51-18) was runner-up to UCLA, dropping the NCAA championship game 3-2.

The Huskies, who began NCAA competition under Wilson in 1993, won Pac-10 titles in 1996 and 2000. She compiled a record of 532-198-1 at Washington including a program-best 62-9 mark in 2000. She was Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1989, 1996 and 2000.

In two seasons at Minnesota in 1990-91, Wilson was 79-59 including a final No. 15 ranking for her 48-27 club in 1991, Big Ten champions. She was 1991 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

She began her career as a head coach at Oregon from 1986-1989, leading the Ducks to a 124-104 mark and a WCWS appearance and No. 4 ranking with a 52-18 mark her last year. She was 1989 NCAA Coach of the Year. In all, in 17 years as a head coach, Wilson carries a coaching winning percentage of .630 with a mark of 824-484-1.

A native of Pickering, Mo., Wilson earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education and journalism from Missouri in 1984.

A standout collegian, she pitched for the Tigers for four seasons from 1980-83, establishing school marks for season victories, strikeouts, innings pitched, shutouts and winning percentage in her second year. Her career marks for 55 shutouts, 102 victories and a .734 winning percentage (102-37) still stand.

She earned All-America honors her senior year. Mizzou advanced to the AIAW World Series in 1981 and to the NCAA WCWS in its first two years in 1982 and 1983 -- which coupled with her UW trips made her the first person to both play and coach in the NCAA Women's College World Series.

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