Arizona Alumni will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, Saturday, following the Arizona-College of Charleston tilt
Four-time junior college national-champion coach Stacy Iveson re-joined the staff as a softball assistant in summer 2011.
Iveson, a former Wildcat player and coach, won two NJCAA titles while at Pima Community College from 2002-07 and two in her most recent post as head coach at Yavapai College, including in 2011 with a 67-4 Roughriders club. She was head coach at Yavapai for four seasons and took all four teams to the national tournament's final weekend.
She was NJCAA National Coach of the Year following her first title in 2004 and her staff at YC earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NJCAA Division I national staff of the year honor this past season and in 2009. She compiled a record of 213-44 at Yavapai during her tenure and won more than 300 games at Pima.
"We are very excited to bring back a great Wildcat who has made her own mark in the coaching profession," Candrea said.
"I am thrilled to come back home to Tucson and have the opportunity to work beside my mentor. I look forward to working with the highly talented group of student-athletes at Arizona and being a part of the amazing Wildcat athletics department," Iveson said.
"I have so much history on the UA campus and in Hillenbrand Stadium and am proud to be a part of the Wildcat softball family and all the tradition," she said.
Iveson spent seven seasons as a Candrea assistant at UA from 1995 to 2001 and helped the Wildcats earn NCAA Championships in 1996, 1997 and 2001. Her work with Arizona pitchers and catchers was underscored by marks of 30-7 by Becky Lemke and 29-2 by Jennie Finch in 2000, and the latter's remarkable 32-0 year in 2001.
She also worked with pitchers Nancy Evans during her twin 36-2 years in 1997-98, and Carrie Dolan (35-6) during the `96 title run. Catcher Leah Braatz was Diamond Sports/NFCA national catcher of the year in 1997 and 1998 and Lindsey Collins tied the Arizona fielding percentage mark with a flawless 1.000 campaign behind the plate in 2001.
Iveson has also been a member of the USA Softball coaching pool for the last six years. She worked closely with the National Team players and coaches including several training and selection camps and a trip to Guatemala in 2005 for the Pan American Qualifier. Last year she accompanied the USA Junior National team to Colombia as an assistant coach on the Pan American Championship squad that earned a berth in the World Championships.
A four year Arizona letter winner and starting catcher, she played on Candrea's first four teams at UA from 1986 to 1989, earning first team all-region honors and All Pac 10 honors as a sophomore in 1987. She remains tied for the season record for games played, with 72 in 1988, and before the 1990s assault on the record book was among UA's top 10 in career this, RBI, at bats, games played and doubles.
Iveson was softball coach at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson from 1991 to 1994 after a year as an assistant coaching the junior varsity. She led the Lancers to the state championship in 1993. She was head coach of the Arizona Heat national pro fastpitch team from 2005-07. She was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
The former Stacy Engel graduated from Tucson's Catalina High School in 1985. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from UA in 1990 and her master's in educational administration from Northern Arizona in 1995.
She was a teacher in Tucson's Flowing Wells School District from 1990 to 1994 and returned to the district to teach fifth grade at Laguna Elementary School in 1996. Her husband, Tom Iveson, also is an educator. The couple has a son, Jared.