WILSON ON CENTALA, CHRISTMON: "I am truly blessed with the knowledge, expertise, passion, pride, and commitment these men bring to this program. Their experiences in professional baseball add a dimension to the game of softball that has not been fully re-cognized, appreciated, or utilized in the past. Their communication skills, their ability to break down the game and to be true teachers of the game, (while they continue to be students of the game -- as all great teachers do), and their respect for the game, set such good examples for the student-athletes they teach. Their passion for the sport of softball, their pride in the job they do, their commitment to the student-athletes they teach, and their knowledge of this great game are a constant source of inspiration, motivation, and chal-lenge for me every day. That's what makes it fun! "
Christmon, a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., serves as the team's hitting coach in addition to assisting head coach Teresa Wilson in all administrative aspects of the program.
"Drew's expertise in hitting is something that is seldom seen in softball," Wilson said.
In his first year at the UW, Christmon helped the Huskies finish in the top 16 nationally in team batting average, slugging percentage and home runs.
In 2000, Christmon spent one season as an assistant under head coach Tracy Bunge at the University of Kansas. Prior to that, Christmon was the head softball coach at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif., after completing a two-year stint as an assistant at Cal State Northridge.
"As an assistant coach, you always want to learn from the best and work with the best, which is the opportunity I have here at Washington under coach Wilson," Christmon said. "I plan on learning a lot as far as game tactics, discipline and team leadership, which have all been trademarks of this program's great success."
A 1999 graduate of Cal State Northridge with a degree in kinesiology, Christmon also served as an assistant softball coach at Stanford in 1996 and as an assistant for the Barry University softball team in Miami, Fla., in 1995.
Born June 8, 1972, Christmon played both football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma from 1990-92, before spending four years playing professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers organization from 1992 to 1995.
THE DREW CHRISTMON FILE
1990-92, football and baseball University of Oklahoma
1992-95, Detroit Tigers Organization
1995-asst. coach, Barry University
1996-asst. coach, Stanford University
1997-98-asst. coach, CSU Northridge
1999-head coach, Gunn High School, Palo Alto, Calif.
2000-asst. coach, University of Kansas
2001-present - asst. coach, University of Washington