By JAMES KELLEY
2007 Aztec Press file photo by KAT TURNER
The University of Arizona has hired Yavapai College softball head coach and former Pima Community College skipper Stacy Iveson to coach their pitchers and catchers.
Iveson played catcher for UA head coach Mike Candrea and is a former assistant UA coach. She won four national championships as a community college head coach, in 2004 and 2006 at Pima and in 2009 and 2011 at Yavapai.
“I am thrilled to come back home to Tucson and have the opportunity to work beside my mentor,” Iveson said in a press release. “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 has been at Yavapai since 2008. She was the head coach at Pima from 2002-2007 and also coached the Arizona Heat pro team from 2005-2007. She coached the varsity at Salpointe Catholic High School from 1991-1994.
She played softball for UA from 1986-1989 and served as an assistant UA coach from 1996-2001.
“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 in the press release.
When Iveson left Pima in 2007, she started the Yavapai softball program from scratch. The Roughriders became a thorn in the side of PCC, with Yavapai ending the Aztecs’ season in the Regional championship game in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The Daily Courier in Prescott, Ariz., reported that top Yavapai assistant coach and PCC alumna Lisa Parks will take over as interim head coach. Parks, a two-time All-American at Pima, led the Aztecs to the 2004 championship.
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