Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Women's College World Series Preview

By Jim Whiting
Special to NCAA.com

SEATTLE - Job-seekers in today's troubled economy can identify with Heather Tarr, coach of the defending Women's College World Series champion Washington Huskies.

When the school fired coach Teresa Wilson, who had led the Huskies to national prominence after founding the softball program in 1993, in the wake of a prescription drug scandal in 2004, Tarr sent in her resume. And waited. And waited. And waited.

The lack of response wasn't entirely surprising. The school sought a big name as Wilson's replacement. While Tarr had distinguished herself as a third baseman for the Huskies in the mid-1990s, playing in the Women's College World Series championship game in 1996, she was still only 29. And her only coaching experience, besides a year as a Washington volunteer assistant, had been as an assistant at Pacific.