UW’s Heather Tarr named coach of U.S. National Women’s Softball team

Washington softball coach Heather Tarr, whose 704 coaching wins are the most of any sport in UW history, has been named head coach of the National Women’s Softball Team U.S. 2022 Monday.

Tarr, who has been an assistant coach for the national team since 2017, will continue to coach the Huskies while coaching the national team.

“I am honored to be in charge, with a willingness to add to the foundations laid by current and past American softball athletes and coaches,” Tarr said in a statement. “I feel prepared, inspired and obligated to take on this challenge. Being a part of the 2020 Olympic experience, I got to see women like Cat Osterman, Danielle Lawrie and Ukiko Ueno become the best at their craft. Because of my experiences, I am compelled to do more so that our women who compete for USA Softball have the opportunity to become the best in the world.

Tarr would become the sixth female national team coach, but the first since Margie Wright in 1988.

“To continue to improve our sport, we need all hands on the bridge,” Tarr said in the statement. “We need to access the future through all the resources we have. From grassroots efforts at the youth and community levels, to the RBI Breakthrough series and travel, we need alignment and support. For USA Softball to be the best team in the world, we need our NCAA programs and our athletic directors to continue to see the potential of the sport; we need continued MLB funding; we need everyone’s cooperation.

Tarr, who became Washington’s coach in 2005, is 704-260-1. The Huskies have competed in the Women’s University World Series seven times during Tarr’s tenure, and in 2009, they won the program’s only national title.

The Huskies lost last season to eventual NCAA champion Oklahoma in a regional super.

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