A preview of the upcoming season for head coach Mike Candrea and his Arizona Wildcats.
Former Wildcat All-American Alicia Hollowell was named assistant coach in June 2012 after serving as the team's director of operations for the 2012 season. Hollowell served as an interim assistant coach for the final three weeks of 2012 before being elevated to full-time status.
"I have always been impressed with the competitiveness and passion with which Alicia played the game, and now she brings that same approach to our coaching staff. She always has been a student of the game and brings great knowledge, positive energy, and bleeds red and blue," he said.
Candrea said Hollowell's duties would include close work with Arizona's pitchers. "She's been in the circle, pitched Arizona to a national championship in 2006, represented the USA and played the game at the highest levels possible. Alicia knows what it takes to play this game at the highest levels," Candrea said.
"I'm just thrilled to be back with Coach Candrea in such a role," Hollowell said. "It feels like home and is just awesome to be able to contribute on the field. I've been there, done some good things and will do everything possible to keep Arizona Softball at the top of the game," she said.
Hollowell, a Wildcat letterwinner from 2003-06, was a four time All-American who is the school's career leader in victories (134), innings pitched (1,122.0) and strikeouts (1,768).
She finished her career with the top three single-season strikeout totals in school history and the top two single-season tallies for victories. In her career, Hollowell was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week 14 times and threw 17 no-hitters, capping her career by leading Arizona to the 2006 national championship and earning Women's College World Series Most-Outstanding-Player honors.
She earned Pac-10 Pitcher-of-the-Year honors in 2004 and Newcomer-of-the-Year kudos in 2003.
Hollowell was named Arizona's top female student-athlete in 2006.
A native of Suisun, Calif., Hollowell was a member of the U.S. national team from 2005-08, winning two World Cup titles, the 2007 Pan American Games gold medal and serving as an alternate on the 2008 Olympic squad.
Hollowell served as an assitant coach at UC Davis from 2010-2011.
She earned her undergraduate degree at Arizona in 2007 while serving as a graduate assistant to Candrea.