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Stacy Iveson
University of Arizona 1986-1989
Southwest Camp Catching Instructor

Four-time junior college national-champion coach Stacy Iveson re-joined the staff as a softball assistant in summer 2011.

Iveson, a former Wildcat player and coach, won two NJCAA titles while at Pima Community College from 2002-07 and two in her most recent post as head coach at Yavapai College, including in 2011 with a 67-4 Roughriders club. She was head coach at Yavapai for four seasons and took all four teams to the national tournament’s final weekend.

She was NJCAA National Coach of the Year following her first title in 2004 and her staff at YC earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NJCAA Division I national staff of the year honor this past season and in 2009. She compiled a record of 213-44 at Yavapai during her tenure and won more than 300 games at Pima.

“We are very excited to bring back a great Wildcat who has made her own mark in the coaching profession,” Candrea said.

“I am thrilled to come back home to Tucson and have the opportunity to work beside my mentor. 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 said.

“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.

Iveson spent seven seasons as a Candrea assistant at UA from 1995 to 2001 and helped the Wildcats earn NCAA Championships in 1996, 1997 and 2001. Her work with Arizona pitchers and catchers was underscored by marks of 30-7 by Becky Lemke and 29-2 by Jennie Finch in 2000, and the latter’s remarkable 32-0 year in 2001.

She also worked with pitchers Nancy Evans during her twin 36-2 years in 1997-98, and Carrie Dolan (35-6) during the ‘96 title run. Catcher Leah Braatz was Diamond Sports/NFCA national catcher of the year in 1997 and 1998 and Lindsey Collins tied the Arizona fielding percentage mark with a flawless 1.000 campaign behind the plate in 2001.

Iveson has also been a member of the USA Softball coaching pool for the last six years. She worked closely with the National Team players and coaches including several training and selection camps and a trip to Guatemala in 2005 for the Pan American Qualifier. Last year she accompanied the USA Junior National team to Colombia as an assistant coach on the Pan American Championship squad that earned a berth in the World Championships.

A four year Arizona letter winner and starting catcher, she played on Candrea’s first four teams at UA from 1986 to 1989, earning first team all-region honors and All Pac 10 honors as a sophomore in 1987. She remains tied for the season record for games played, with 72 in 1988, and before the 1990s assault on the record book was among UA’s top 10 in career this, RBI, at bats, games played and doubles.

Iveson was softball coach at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson from 1991 to 1994 after a year as an assistant coaching the junior varsity. She led the Lancers to the state championship in 1993. She was head coach of the Arizona Heat national pro fastpitch team from 2005-07. She was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

The former Stacy Engel graduated from Tucson’s Catalina High School in 1985. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UA in 1990 and her master’s in educational administration from Northern Arizona in 1995.

She was a teacher in Tucson’s Flowing Wells School District from 1990 to 1994 and returned to the district to teach fifth grade at Laguna Elementary School in 1996. Her husband, Tom Iveson, also is an educator. The couple has a son, Jared.

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Caitlin Lowe
University of Arizona player from 2004-2007
Southwest Camp Outfield/Hitting Instructor

Four-time Wildcat All-American Caitlin Lowe will serve as the team's assistant coach in 2014 after joining the coaching staff as the team’s volunteer assistant coach in 2013 and serving as the program’s director of operations in 2012.

“We are very excited that Caitlin will be a member of our coaching staff with primary duties working with the Arizona outfielders, slappers, and base running,” said head coach Mike Candrea. “We feel that Caitlin brings a great background as a player and will excel in working with our players on a day-to-day basis.”

Lowe will work with the slappers, the outfielders and base running.

“It’s great to have Caitlin back in Tucson. She’s a great addition to our staff, one of the best players to wear an Arizona or any uniform,” Candrea said.

Lowe, a letterwinner from 2004-07, boasts some of the most impressive credentials in her time with the sport. A two-time national champion (2006 and 2007), Lowe’s name is scattered throughout the Arizona record books: Lowe remains second in batting average (.446), fourth in hits (351), fourth in triples (12), seventh in runs scored (242) and first in stolen bases (156).

In 2007, Lowe was awarded the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the senior displaying excellence in the community, the classroom, character and in competition, as well as the adidas Golden Shoe Award, given to the nation’s best base-stealer. The Tustin, Calif., native was a two-time finalist for the Honda Softball Award (2005 and 2007) as well as a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year in 2005.

Lowe is one of only six Wildcat players to be named an NFCA All-American in each of her four years with the program and joined Leah Braatz (1994, 95, 97, 98) as the only player in Arizona history to be awarded first-team All-America all four years.

An Olympian in 2008, Lowe took home the silver medal competing for Team USA under Head Coach Mike Candrea. Lowe competed for Team USA from 2005-2008.

Lowe graduated from UA in 2007 with a degree in psychology and a minor in communications. She has spent the last four years in National Professional Fastpitch competing for the USSSA Pride.


Candice Abrams

Candace Abrams
University of Arizona 2001-2004
Southwest Camp Catching/Specialty Instructor

  • .252 lifetime batting average at U of A
  • 2001 National Championship
  • Former Assistant Coach Barry University 2008-2010
  • Former Assistant Coach Pima Community College 2005-2007
  • Former High School Coach at Catalina Foothills
  • USSSA Northern California State Championship with Player’s Edge

Candace is currently the Head Coach at Colorado Mesa University.

Coach Lisa Bernstein

Lisa Bernstein
University of Arizona1982-86
Camp Director Southwest Camps

  • Former Head Coach University of Minnesota 1991-2010
  • Former Assistant Coach University of Arizona 1986-1991
  • Southwest Camps Camp Director 1986 to present
  • 2 Time All Conference
  • 2 Time Team MVP University of Arizona

Lisa currently resides in St. Paul Minnesota where she continues to run camps and clinics both in Minnesota and throughout the United States.


Becky Bekah

Becky (Lemke) Blatnick
University of Arizona 1998-2001
Southwest Camp Pitching Instructor

  • 3rd Team All-American Pitcher-1999
  • NCAA National Champion-2001
  • 2 Time All Conference
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Victories-98
  • University of Arizona Top 20 Season Record Holder in Victories-30
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Strikeouts-916
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Strikeouts-314
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Holder in Innings Pitched-781.0
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Shutouts-44
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Shutouts-17
  • Member of Southwest Camp staff for over 20 years

Becky, a retired Phoenix firefighter, currently resides in Phoenix, where she does Private Individual Pitching lessons and raises her 2 sons with her husband Brian


Mikel Candrea

Mikel Candrea
Southwest Camps Hitting Instructor

  • Former Student Baseball Coach at the University of Arizona from 1998-2000
  • Former Assistant Softball Coach at the University of Arizona from 2000-2004
  • Former Assistant Softball Coach at University of Pacific 2005-2008
  • Private Baseball and Softball instructor in Northern California
  • Southwest Camp Instructor since 1998

Mikel resides in Stockton, CA and travels throughout the country working with youth in both the sports of softball and baseball


Coach Nick Candrea

Nick Candrea
Southwest Camps Hitting Instructor

  • Currently Head Softball Coach Paradise Valley Community College
  • Retired teacher and coach from Washington High School
  • 1986 Arizona High School Coach Hall of Fame Member
  • 1986 Arizona High School Baseball Championship at Washington High School

Nick currently resides in Phoenix with his wife Staci. Nick is the father of 6 kids and has 5 grandchildren


Jackie Coburn

Jackie Coburn
University of Arizona 2002-2005
Southwest Camp Hitting/Catching/Infield Instructor

  • 2002 All Tournament Team College World Series
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Home Runs-52
  • Played 2 years of professional softball for the Arizona Heat 2005-06
  • 2005 Arizona Heat Rookie of the Year
  • Arizona Gatorade High School Player of the Year at North Canyon High School

Jackie currently resides in Peoria where she gives hitting lessons at Inside Pitch, works as a substitute teacher and is a part time firefighter with the Rio Verde Fire Department.


Coach Debbie Day

Debby Day
University of Arizona 1991-1992
Southwest Camp Pitching Instructor

  • 1st Team All-American Pitcher-1992
  • 3rd Team All-American Pitcher- 1991
  • NCAA National Champion-1991
  • Member of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2 Time All Conference
  • 2 Time All College World Series Team
  • University of Arizona Career Leader in ERA-0.44
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Victories-62
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Strikeouts-334
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Holder in Innings Pitched-523.0
  • 2 Time University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in ERA-0.38/0.50
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Victories-32
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Shutouts-19
  • 2 Time University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Innings Pitched-268.1/255.1

Debby is the Head Coach at California Lutheran University where she also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator. Debby has a daughter, Kylie.


Mark Medrano

Mark Medrano
Southwest Camps Outfield and Specialized Skill Instructor

  • Southwest Camps Instructor 1988 - present
  • Head Softball Coach Tolleson High School 1997 – present
  • Former infielder for Tolleson High School baseball team
  • Assistant Football Coach Tolleson High School
  • Former South Mountain Community College Softball Coach from 1988-1992

Mark and his wife Francie reside in Peoria and have a daughter Rachel (16) and 2 sons Matthew (12) and Anthony (10).


Coach David Moore

David Moore
Southwest Camps Hitting Instructor

  • Southwest Camps Instructor 1994 - present
  • Head Softball Coach Paradise Valley High School 2003 – present
  • Head Softball Coach Washington High School 2001-2003
  • Assistant Baseball Coach Washington High School - 1991-2000
  • 2009 NFCA and Stabilizer Solutions Field of the Year
  • Author - Moore's Sports Shorts

David and his wife Jennifer reside in Phoenix and have a daughter Brittany and a son Cody.


Coach Jav Vela

Jav Vela
Southwest Softball Camps Hitting Instructor

  • Current Head Softball Coach and teacher at Klein Oak High School, Klein Texas
  • Coach of High School State Championship Softball Team
  • Coach for Professional Softball Teams-Texas Thunder and Rockford Thunder
  • Member of the 1968 Cotton Bowl winning team at Texas A & M
  • Renowned clinician and hitting instructor.
  • Valued member of Southwest Softball Camp staff since 1998

Jav and his wife Leslie, have a daughter Marissa, a son in law Chad Stevens are proud grandparents.


Laura Espinoza-Watson

Laura (Espinoza) Watson
University of Arizona 1992-1995
Southwest Camp Infield/Hitting Instructor

  • 1st Team All-American Shortstop-1993/1994
  • 2nd Team All-American Shortstop -1993
  • NCAA National Champion-1993 and 1994
  • Member of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
  • 4 Time All Pac-10 Conference
  • 1994 “College Sports” Player of the Year
  • 1994 US Olympic Festival team member
  • 1991 Jr. Olympic National Team Member
  • 1995 Pac-10 Player of the Year
  • 1995 “Fastpitch World” Player of the Year
  • Current NCAA Record Holder in Season RBI’s-128
  • 1995 NCAA Top 5 Record Holder in Career RBI’s-315
  • Current NCAA Record Holder in Season HR’s-37
  • 1994 NCAA Top 5 Record Holder in Season HR’s-30
  • 1995 NCAA Top 5 Record Holder in Career HR’s-85
  • University of Arizona Career Leader (Tied) in Homeruns-85
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Runs Scored-202
  • University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Doubles-52
  • 2 Time University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Homeruns-37/30
  • Former College Coach at Loyola Marymount University-California
  • Head Coach for ASA National Championship 18U Arizona Ally Cats
  • 1996 Women’s Professional Baseball Player, Colorado Silver Bullets
  • 2010-2011 Women’s Baseball National Team member

Laura currently resides is Sahuarita, AZ where she coaches at Emporia High School, owns Simply Softball and coaches the Arizona Thundercats an ASA Softball organization in Tucson. Laura and her husband David have a son David and a daughter, Kristiana.


Scott Whitlock

Scott Whitlock
Southwest Camps Infield/Outfield/Specialized Skill Instructor

  • 2 Time National Championship Head Coach - Kennesaw State University
  • 1995 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year
  • 11 times named Conference Coach of the Year
  • Has coached 51 All-Americans
  • 28 seasons as a collegiate softball coach
  • Coached 2 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year recipients
  • Coached a 2X National Catcher of the Year Award recipient
  • Member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Member of Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame
  • Member of the “Be the Best You Are” Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Contributor to Dr. Stephen Brennan’s book “Six Psychological Factors for Success”
  • 2006 Staff member of the United States National Team that won gold medals at the World Cup
    of Softball in Oklahoma City and the ISF World Championship in Beijing China
  • 2007 Staff member of United States National Team as they won Both the Canada Cup and World
    Cup titles
  • Member of Southwest Softball Camp staff since 1997

Scott is the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Kennesaw State University. He and his wife
Susan reside in Marietta, Georgia. They have a daughter (Lacey, 25) and a son (Blake, 17).


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