July 6, 2004
Seattle - Washington interim athletic director Dick Thompson announced today that Heather Tarr has been named the softball coach at the University. A former UW player, Tarr takes on her first head coaching job after a six-year stint at Pacific as an assistant coach and most recently as the associate head coach. Tarr's contract is for a term of three years.
"I'm delighted to name Heather as the program's new coach," Thompson said. "It is wonderful to have a Husky come back and coach the program. This is Heather's first head coaching position, but she has done a tactful job of preparing herself for this type of opportunity. Frankly, she just knocked our socks off during the interview stage. You walked away knowing she has a great passion for Husky softball and a very clear vision to keep it among the elite programs in the nation."
"Heather has tremendous energy and is very excited to return to Washington and direct a program she helped to establish," said new Husky athletic director Todd Turner. Turner met Tarr last week and endorsed her selection to Thompson, University president Mark Emmert and the softball selection committee.
Tarr's previous coaching experience includes six seasons with the Pacific softball program. She was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach in April of 2004. During that time, the Tigers posted a 232-124 (.652) overall record and 90-44 (.672) mark in the Big West Conference.
In 2001, she and Pacific head coach Brian Kolze were named the 2001 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Tigers to within one win of the Women's College World Series and a No. 18 final national ranking.
"She is truly going to be missed here," said Kolze. "I am very proud of her and very happy for her to get the opportunity to coach for a top-10 program. Coaching at Washington is truly her dream job and she will excel at it like she did here at Pacific.
"What Heather Tarr brought to the Pacific softball program cannot be statistically measured. She brought a wealth of experience to the table and was a big contributing factor to bringing this team to the national level."
Tarr joined Pacific prior to the 1999 season after an outstanding career as a Husky. As a four-year letterwinner, Tarr helped lead UW to a second place finish at the Women's College World Series in 1996 and a third place finish in 1997.
She earned various honors while playing softball at Washington. A three-year member of the Pac-10 All-Academic team from 1994-97, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team from 1995-97 and the NFCA All-West Region team in 1996 and 1997.
Tarr also worked at Washington as an undergraduate assistant coach during the 1998 season, helping the Huskies to a third-place finish at the 1998 Women's College World Series.
Tarr also brings experience from the professional level as she spent the summer of 1997 as a member of the Women's Professional Fastpitch Softball League's Tampa Bay Fire Stix. She was the league leader in fielding percentage for first basemen and also led the league in walks.
Tarr earned a bachelor of arts degree in geography from Washington in 1998. She completed her M.Ed. at Pacific in the fall of 2003. Tarr, 29, is a native of Redmond, Wash., and is a graduate of Redmond High School. Tarr and her fianc?e, James Mineo, are planning on a wedding in 2005.