Margie Wright
Margie  Wright

Warrensburg, Ill.

High School:
Illinois State, 1974

Last College:
Illinois State, 1974


`Dogs Slam Rams on Margie Wright Diamond Dedication Day, 7-2

Brazil socks pair of homers, and Solomon drills grand slam to keep `Dogs in MW lead.


Wright to Headline Bulldog Diamond Renaming Festivities

The Hall-of-Fame former coach will throw out the first pitch at the newly-titled Margie Wright Diamond next Saturday, May 3 before the 2 p.m. game.


Softball Stadium to be Renamed in Honor of Wright

The Hall of Fame coach is honored for her record-breaking 27-year tenure with the Bulldogs.


Simply the Best

Fresno State pays homage to retiring softball coach Margie Wright with 90-minute ceremony Sunday at Bulldog Diamond


Wright Celebration Scheduled for Sunday

Fresno State is honoring retiring softball coach Margie Wright's iconic career on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Bulldogs Sweep Opening Day

Fresno State defeated Sacramento State twice to open the 2011 season


2010 Diamond Club Luncheon

The 2010 Diamond Club Meet the Team event at TorNino's.


Softball First Day of Practice

The Fresno State softball team begins practice for the 2010 season.

Last updated on February 4, 2014

NCAA Top 5 Coaching Leaders | Feature Story on Wright's Career

In her 27 seasons as head coach of the Fresno State softball program, Margie Wright directed the Bulldogs to a national title (1998) while guiding the program to the NCAA Women's College World Series 10 times out of the program's 12 appearances. As the first NCAA Division I softball coach and 24th overall in NCAA Division I history, regardless of sport, to amass 1,000 Division I career victories and the first to tally 1,400 fastpitch wins, she owned an impressive 27-year school mark of 1,294-450-1 (.742) and a 33-year career record of 1,457-542-3 (.728). Wright went 81-59 (.579) overall in the postseason and owned a 26-19 Women's College World Series ledger that included an NCAA title, three national runner-up finishes, three third-place showings and three fifth-place finishes in her 10 appearances.

Having become the NCAA's all-time winningest softball coach in 2000, the ten-time conference coach of the year boasted 17 outright or shared conference titles, three WAC tournament championships, 10 regional championship crowns while leading Fresno State to 26 consecutive NCAA postseason appearances from 1986-2011.

Sporting the most CoSIDA Academic All-Americans at Fresno State, Wright has had at least one academic all-district selection in 20 of her 27 years as the Bulldogs' head coach. On the Division I softball level, she ranks No. 1 overall among active coaches with 16 selections while the Bulldog softball program is third overall among all Division I softball schools with 18 honorees.

In addition, she has coached 53 All-Americans, 16 Academic All-Americans, four NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners, four Honda Awards Program softball finalists, 16 NCAA individual and 11 NCAA team statistical champions, eight professionals, 15 Olympians, two NCAA Top VIII Award winners and two No. 1 professional draft picks. With 29 conference player/pitcher/freshman of the year selections under her tutelage, the Bulldogs averaged 48 wins a year while she has made Fresno State one of just five programs in Division I softball to make 10 or more trips to the WCWS.

After garnering her 1,400th career win on March 14, 2011, Wright went on to coach in her 2,000th career game on May 11, 2012 when the Bulldogs beat Louisiana Tech 11-2 in the WAC Tournament. Also in 2012, her final season with the Bulldogs, Wright coached in her 1,700th game at Fresno State when she led the 'Dogs to a 6-3 win over No. 7 UCLA on Feb. 25, 2012.

Wright, who was the first head coach to boast 1,000-plus school and Division I career wins at one school, is the only head coach in the history of the Bulldogs' softball program to garner region coach of the year honors (seven times) and is the third head coach at Fresno State to be recognized as a National Coach of the Year (1998). While the "New" Bulldog Diamond surpassed the 500,000 fan mark in 2009 and home attendance broke the 700,000 mark overall in 2011, Wright owned a 664-138-1 (.829) all-time record at Bulldog Diamond.

In the polls, the Bulldogs set a then NCAA-best mark of 178 consecutive weeks nationally ranked when the polls first started in 1983. In addition, the program ranked among the Top 10 in 154 weeks and ranked in the national polls for 29 consecutive years from 1983-2011.

Per attendance, Fresno State continued to be a dominant draw on the NCAA Division I level under Wright's tenure. Since 1991 when the NCAA has kept official attendance, Fresno State was the nation's top attendance in average per date 13 times in 22 years (unofficially 18 times in 27 years) and in total attendance per season 10 times in 22 years (unofficially 15 times in 27 years).

Upon her retirement, Fresno State ws one of the top two NCAA Division I all-time winningest fastpitch programs with 1,478 wins -- ahead of UCLA, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, California, Michigan, CS Fullerton, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. While owning the NCAA record for 30 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Fresno State stood third all-time in NCAA Tournament wins (89) and World Series appearances (12). In season-ending NCAA polls, Wright has guided the program to a final Top 25 ranking every year except four times (three years the Bulldogs received votes for a 28th-place finish) and 14 final Top-10 rankings.

A highly sought after public speaker who is nationally and internationally renowned, Wright is only the third head coach of the Bulldogs' softball program and is the winningest coach overall at Fresno State and second among NCAA Division I coaches, regardless of sport.

In the fall of 2013, ASA / USA Softball inducted into her into its hall of fame - her 15th honor after 2012 nods by the St. Louis Softball Hall of Fame as both an individual and team member of the St. Louis Hummers. Four years prior she and her 1998 NCAA National Championship Team were inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, four-time USA Olympic softball medalist Laura Berg was inducted as an individual in the fall 2009 class, giving the program 10 Fresno Athletic Hall of Famers; all who played for Wright through the 2013 class.

In the fall of 2006, Wright was inducted into the Fresno County Women Lawyers. In the spring of 2006, she was inducted with the Moline Sexton Ford women's major fastpitch team into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame. In October 2005 Wright was inducted into the Women's Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2001, Wright was honored by the California National Organization for Women in addition to being picked as a support runner for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay.

In the fall of 2000, Wright was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Hall of Fame. In the fall of 1999, she was inducted into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame and the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. She was also recognized by the National Women's Political Caucus of Fresno County with the "Promises to Keep Award." Still further, Wright was honored by the United States Olympic Committee as the 1998 USOC National Coach of the Year in Softball. Personally inducted as a pitcher in 1979, she was again inducted into Illinois State University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 as part of the 1973 ISU national runner-up team at the AIAW College World Series.

On the international stage, Wright led the USA National Team to a gold medal as the head coach at the 1998 ISF World Championship; Team USA captured an unprecedented fourth world title in Japan.

Prior to snagging gold in Japan, Wright took her coaching talents to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games where she served as an assistant coach who was responsible for the pitchers/catchers. Wright helped the first-ever United States' Olympic Softball Team capture the gold medal in the inaugural year of softball as a medal sport.

All under her tutelage and boasting the most representatives by any college or university, five Bulldogs joined Wright on the 1996 USA Olympic Softball Team and another represented Fresno State on the Puerto Rico team: Laura Berg, Kim Maher, Martha Noffsinger, Julie Smith and Shelly Stokes on Team USA, and Lisa Mize pitched for Team Puerto Rico. On the 2000 USA Softball Olympic gold medal team, three more Bulldogs were members of the USA Women's National Team with Berg knocking in the winning run and Stokes and Amanda Scott serving as alternates. For the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, two former Bulldogs captured gold (Berg and Lovie Jung) while Vanessa Czarnecki, a member of the Greece Olympic Softball Team, made history as part of the first Greek National Team.

For the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Berg and Jung, who were members of the U.S. National Team, and Robin Mackin, a member of the Canadian National Team, were former Bulldogs who represented Fresno State on the international stage. With four consecutive Olympic appearances, Berg garnered her fourth straight medal when she, along with Jung, captured silver.

Prior to her arrival at Fresno State, Wright was 163-92-2 (.638) in six years at Illinois State, and guided the Redbirds to the 1981 AIAW Softball College World Series. She also directed ISU to three State championships from 1980-82. In addition, the Redbirds won two Gateway Conference regular-season crowns (1984-85) and a Gateway Conference Tournament title (1985).

While eight Bulldogs have played/coached on the professional level, Scott garnered MVP honors after pitching the NY/NJ Juggernaut to the inaugural 2004 Cowles Cup of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Smith became the first Bulldog to be a head coach and general manager on the pro ranks as she was named to that position for the Juggernaut franchise in January, 2005. Following her was former Bulldog All-America standout Carie Dever, who was named the 2007 NPF Coach of the Year as head coach of the Washington Glory. Still further, in the summer of 2005, four-time All-American and NCAA Top VIII Award winner Jamie Southern pitched the Akron Racers to the 2005 NPF title and helped the Chicago Bandits to the 2008 NPF crown.

In 2012 Fresno State posted its 35th consecutive winning season with a 36-23 record. Advancing to the WAC Tournament Championship game for the fifth time in the last seven years the Bulldogs were the conference tournament runner-up for the third straight time. Wright won her 1,450th career game (W 1-0 vs. New Mexico State, April 20). The `Dogs finished third in the WAC (13-6) and under Wright her teams never finished worse than third in conference play in her collegiate coaching career. Fresno State averaged 1,000 fans-plus for the 20th straight year and drew more than 10,000 fans for the 25th consecutive season. In addition the program notched its 17th 20-win season at home (24-8) for the 26th time overall. Still further, Wright coached the program to its 800th win at home. One Bulldog was honored as an academic All-District VIII selection, three `Dogs garnered all-conference honors and pitcher/UT Michelle Moses collected her third straight All-West Region honor.

In 2011, Fresno State posted its 34th consecutive winning season and appeared in its NCAA record-setting 30th consecutive tournament championship. Wright collected her 1,400th career victory and coached the program to its 1,500th win. While home attendance eclipsed the 700,000 mark in the 30 years in which NCAA records have been kept, the Bulldogs notched a 35-19 record while appearing in the national polls for the 29th consecutive season. The `Dogs finished tied for second in the WAC with a 15-6 mark - the Bulldogs have finished either first or second for the 16th consecutive year in league play -- and were the WAC tournament runner-up for the second straight year. Winning the championship three times (2009, '07 and 1999), Fresno State has served host to the WAC tournament five times (1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) as a conference affiliate. Fresno State averaged1,000-plus fans for the 19th consecutive year and drew more than 10,000 fans for the 24th straight season. Four Bulldogs were named all-conference and pitcher/UT Michelle Moses went on to garner her second straight All-West Region honors while being named to the Easton All-America teams.

In 2010, Wright picked up her 1200th school win and her 600th home victory as the Bulldogs set a new single-season home run record (51) en route to a 41-20 overall mark - its 20th 40-win season in school history. Fresno State, which finished second in league play with a 15-6 ledger, reached as high as No. 17 in the national polls during the season. In the final polls, Fresno State received votes in the NFCA/USA Today Poll for a 28th place showing while in the USA Softball/ Poll the `Dogs also received votes. While five `Dogs were selected All-WAC, the program notched its 16th 20-win season at home (22-5) for the 25th time overall.

In 2009, the program captured its 21st conference crown and second WAC Tournament title in three years. Going 38-20 overall, Wright collected her 300th WAC win while guiding the program to its 1,450th victory as the Bulldogs appeared as high as No. 14 in the national polls. In the final polls, the Bulldogs received votes in both NFCA/USA Today and Softball for a 28th showing. Wright picked up her sixth WAC Coach of the Year honor, giving her a total of 10 conference coaching honors.

The 2008 season saw a young squad compile a 54-13 overall mark, were seeded No. 16 nationally entering NCAA Tournament play and reached as high as the Top 10 nationally in both the USA Today/NFCA and USA Softball/ polls. The Bulldogs, who hosted a NCAA Tournament Regional for the 21st time, finished the year with a No. 15 national ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll. Posting its 14th 50-win season under Wright, the `Dogs finished second in the WAC with a 14-3 mark in addition to setting a new single season record for best away record (neutral and road) with a 29-6 ledger - breaking the 1999 team record (29-7). Rookie Morgan Melloh garnered WAC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year accolades en route to capturing Second Team All-America honors (sixth Bulldog freshman pitcher to earn All-America accolades in first year). Wright collected three personal milestones: 1,100th school win, her 1,300th career victory and 500th career conference win.

In 2007, Fresno State went 47-18 overall record, collected its second WAC Tournament title and finished second in the league with a 15-3 mark while posting a final No. 25 ranking. Individually, Wright coached her 1,700th career game against No. 16 Stanford at the NCAA Regional (W 2-0). Six Bulldogs were all-conference - tying for the fourth-most selected in a season in school history. Four `Dogs were named to the NCAA All-West Region team while Mackin went on to earn Third Team All-America honors. Still further, two Bulldogs were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team and one went on to capture Second Team Academic All-America honors. By Mackin earning All-America honors academically and athletically, she became the sixth softball player to garner both awards in the same season - a dual feat that has been done 11 times overall by a Bulldog softball player and all 11 times have come under Wright's guidance.

In 2006, Fresno State captured its third straight WAC title and ninth in 11 years after collecting a 37-19 overall record and a 12-3 league mark while notching a final No. 23 national ranking. Postseason awards saw five Bulldogs honored as All-WAC. Sweeping the WAC Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors, Fresno State swept these three honors for the fourth time in WAC history (2006, `04, 1999 and `98). Christina Clark, who became the league's first three-time WAC Player of the Year selection, picked up Second Team All-America honors and became the first Bulldog to be a three-time All-American at shortstop. She wrapped up her career by ranking in five NCAA Division I offensive categories, 12 Fresno State all-time marks and 11 WAC career records. Clark became the program's 18th professional draft pick and was named to the U.S. Women's National Team's World University Games roster.

In 2005, the `Dogs went 43-12 and notched a 17-1 conference record as they went undefeated on the road in league action. Southern was named the WAC's top female athlete of the year after receiving the Joe Kearney Award. This came on the heels of being named the Fresno State Female Athlete of the Year. As one of just three Bulldogs in school history to be a No. 1 professional draft pick, Southern went on to garner All-America honors both on and off the field. She also became the fourth Bulldog softball player to be a four-time All-American. In the WAC, six `Dogs garnered nine all-conference honors. Southern became the league's first four-time WAC Pitcher of the Year. She finished a brilliant career by ranking in nine of the 11 all-time NCAA Division I pitching marks as well as being the 10th NCAA Division I pitcher to amass 1,300 career strikeouts and to collect at least 118 career wins. In the final polls, the `Dogs finished No. 15 in the final poll. In addition, Wright became the first Division I head coach to tally 1,000 school and Division I career wins at one school.

In 2004, Fresno State won the WAC title (20-4) after posting an overall record of 48-20. The Bulldogs finished with a No. 25 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the Softball Top 25 Poll. The `Dogs went on to collect five All-WAC selections that included the WAC Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Still further, Clark and Southern were First Team All-Americans while Southern also captured Third Team Academic All-America honors. Clark set the school's and WAC's single-season home run record in addition to a new Fresno State career mark in home runs. Southern led the nation in ERA for the second time in her career.

In 2003, the squad finished with an overall mark of 36-22. Finishing second in the WAC with a 14-4 mark, Fresno State had six All-WAC picks as Clark and Southern went on to earn All-America honors. Clark became the 10th freshman overall, and first rookie shortstop, in school history to be an All-American. Fresno State bounced back from its slowest start in school history (5-12) and went 29-8 in its last 37 and 41-10 in its final 41 games. The Bulldogs received votes in the final Softball Poll at the end of the year to place 28th.

In 2002, Wright led the Bulldogs to an unprecedented fifth straight WAC conference title and the first to win six WAC crowns overall. Southern became just the second freshman in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in ERA and the third rookie to notch 400 or more strikeouts in a year. Southern, who was named WAC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, also was a Honda Awards Softball and USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist. As a team, Fresno State was the top defensive squad in the nation after claiming the NCAA statistical champions plaque with a .977 fielding percentage. The Bulldogs posted a final 50-20 overall record and went 18-6 in the WAC while posting a final No. 17 national ranking.

The 2001 season saw Fresno State become the first program in the WAC to win four straight conference crowns. Finishing with a No. 22 national ranking, the Bulldogs posted a 39-19 mark in 2001 and collected a 13-3 WAC worksheet.

In 2000, Wright entered the year as the all-time winningest active coach on NCAA Division I level. Wright became the NCAA's all-time career win leader on March 5 with a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma. With a final record of 54-14 and a No.10 national ranking, Fresno State was one of only nine schools in the country to post 50 or more wins; the `Dogs also had two NCAA All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans.

Scott became the program's and the university's first four-time First Team All-American and picked up her second Academic All-America honor. Fresno State again led the nation in team and individual ERA. As the WAC's Joe Kearney Award winner for the second time as the league's top female athlete, Scott collected her second straight individual NCAA statistical title with a 0.41 ERA.

Wright took sole possession of second place in NCAA history in all-time career wins in 1999 as Fresno State captured its 12th regional crown. With a final record of 65-10, the Bulldogs finished in a tie for fifth place with Arizona at the WCWS and ranked No. 5 in the final national poll. Winning the WAC with a perfect 24-0 mark, Fresno State boasted the best pitching staff in the country with a 0.51 ERA. The Bulldogs also had two of the top three pitchers in the country, led by national ERA statistical champion Scott (0.24). The `Dogs recorded the second-highest number of wins (65) in the nation and was one of only three schools to post 60 or more victories. Fresno State reset its own NCAA single-season attendance mark (55,746) it established two years prior and recorded 18 new school records. Setting a school record in home wins (36), they also had seven all-conference picks, six all-region, the WAC's Freshman of the Year for the fourth straight season and five All-Americans.

In 1998, Fresno State captured the university's first national team title at the 17th WCWS in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Bulldogs, who went 7-1 in postseason, entered WCWS play as the seventh seed and defeated top seed Arizona (1-0), No. 2 seed Nebraska (6-1), No. 3 seed Michigan (8-0, no-hitter in 5 inn.) and No. 4 seed Washington (1-3, 6-1). The '98 Bulldogs met top-ranked Arizona in the NCAA championship game. Scott, the WCWS MVP, shut down the Wildcats on three hits and struck out six for her 25th win (14th shutout) while Nina Lindenberg hit the game-winning shot in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to give the Fresno State softball program its first national title. Fresno State posted a final overall record of 52-11, including a 27-0 record at home, and finished No. 1 in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Coaches poll. Four Bulldogs earned All-America honors and six earned All-West Region and All-WAC accolades. And, for the first time at Fresno State, three Bulldogs garnered First Team All-America honors in the same year.

Fresno State also boasted the Player, Pitcher, Freshman and Coach of the Year as the team established a new league record in conference wins (28). Still further, Scott captured the prestigious Joe Kearney Award and became the second Bulldog ever - male or female - to garner the award; she followed in the footsteps of Lindenberg, the university's first recipient in 1996.

The 1997 Bulldogs made their 10th trip to the WCWS and tied for third with Washington. Wright guided the Bulldogs to a No. 1 ranking for two straight weeks before finishing No. 3 in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Four Bulldogs collected All-America honors and one was an Academic All-American. Fresno State shattered its own NCAA attendance marks set in 1996 (34,224) with 51,133 fans for an average of 2,557. Fresno State posted a 55-14 overall record while finishing second in the WAC (23-9).

In 1996, Wright guided the Bulldogs to their first WAC title. Named WAC and West Region Coach of the Year, her squad established a school- and WAC-record 19-game win streak en route to setting/tying 44 records under Wright. Lindenberg set the school and WAC record in batting average (.508), set the NCAA single-season mark in doubles (29) and led the nation in total bases (175). Fresno State finished the season with a 51-11 record, a 24-2 WAC mark and a No. 8 national ranking.

In 1995, the Bulldogs went 50-19 and finished third in the WAC with an 18-8 WAC worksheet. Wright had two first team All-American picks. Ranked in the top five all season long in the national poll, the Bulldogs finished No. 8 in the final poll.

The 1994 Bulldogs placed fifth at the WCWS while tying the school record for most All-Americans (5) set in 1990. Ranked in the Top 10 all season, the Bulldogs finished No. 6 in the national rankings after recording a 49-16 record. The 1993 squad found Fresno State participating in the WAC for the first time, finishing 38-24 overall and 14-10 in the conference for a third place finish. The Bulldogs finished 11th in the national poll.

In 1992, Wright guided the `Dogs to their sixth consecutive Big West championship in their final year of Big West participation and a sixth straight trip to the WCWS. The team finished the year 52-16 and snagged third place in the World Series for the second straight year en route to a No. 3 final national ranking. The 1991 Bulldogs collected a 57-11 record, established a then school-record winning percentage of .838. Fresno State finished third in the WCWS following a 13-inning, 5-1 loss to eventual runner-up UCLA. The `Dogs would finish third in the final poll.

Wright guided the 1990 Bulldogs to heights never reached in the program's history as Fresno State led the nation in victories for the second straight year (tying UCLA with 62 wins). She also directed the Bulldogs to a then school-record 62 wins (62-15), a fourth straight Big West Conference Championship (29-7) and a third straight WCWS national runner-up trophy for a No. 2 final national ranking.

In 1989, Wright led Fresno State to its first No. 1 ranking (March 14) before finishing the season ranked No. 3 in the final poll. The 1988 season found Wright guiding the `Dogs to the NCAA championship game and a runner-up finish. With a No. 2 final national ranking, Fresno State collected their second straight regional championship and PCAA championship (29-5) after posting a 55-17 overall record.

Wright captured PCAA and West Region Coach of the Year accolades in 1987 after guiding Fresno State to a 56-16 overall mark, 31-5 in the PCAA and tying defending national champion CS Fullerton for the conference title. The Bulldogs tied for fifth at the WCWS and finished fifth in the final poll.

In Wright's initial campaign with Fresno State in 1986, she piloted the Bulldogs to a 40-16-1 mark, the NorPac championship and the NorPac tournament title. Her first Bulldog unit also earned the program's highest national ranking at the time (No. 2 for six weeks) before finishing seventh in the final national poll. Wright garnered Northwest Region and NorPac Coach of the Year honors.

With coaching honors stretching well beyond the city limits of Fresno, Wright had one of her busiest summers ever in 1995. Wright was named to the USA Olympic Softball Team as an assistant coach for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. In her first official role as an Olympic coach, she helped the USA National Team to a gold medal at the 1995 Superball Classic. Prior to her Olympic announcement, Wright directed the USA Junior National Team to its second world title - only its second international championship title - in Normal, Ill.

In the summer of 1994, Wright helped coach the USA National Team to its third consecutive World Championship title in Newfoundland, Canada. In 1993, Wright was selected as one of eight national team coaches for the quadriennium leading up to the 1996 Olympic Games.

Stretching beyond the U.S. borders, Wright served as an assistant coach of the 1991 USA Pan American gold-medal team. Wright also has served as a coaching consultant for three years for the Netherlands Antilles fastpitch team for men and women in both the Latin American and Pan American Games.

In August of 1989, Wright became the first softball coach to represent the United States Information Agency (USIA) in Czechoslovakia. Traveling to a communist country as a clinician, she conducted clinics in several cities, including the country's national team.

Serving on the Babe Ruth Advisory Board and a master instructor for the NFCA Masters in Coaching Program, Wright served as a National Governing Body assistant at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and continues to be heavily involved in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. From 1987-90, she served on the All-American Selection Committee and in 1991 she served on the Wilson Sporting Goods Advisory Board.

A published author of numerous articles, books and videos, Wright has been featured in USA Today (May 9, 2000) and showcased in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" (May 22, 2000) for her stellar accomplishments. She also has been featured in two books -- She Can Coach! and Celebrating Women Coaches: A Biographical Dictionary.

Originally from Warrensburg, Ill., Wright is a 1974 graduate of Illinois State University, where she was a four-year letterwinner in softball and basketball as well as a three-year letterwinner in field hockey. As a junior, she guided the Redbirds to a second-place finish at the softball nationals and that team was inducted into Illinois State's Athletic Hall of Fame in September 1998. Upon graduation from ISU, she accepted the head softball coaching duties at Metamora (Ill.) High School, while taking on the head coaching duties in volleyball, track, basketball, and bowling. In 1975, the Amateur Softball Association also named her second team All-American. Wright then became an assistant softball coach and the head volleyball coach at Eastern Illinois University while teaching physical education.

Inducted into the Decatur Athletic Council Hall of Fame in 1997 and into Illinois State's Athletic Hall of Fame as a player (1979), Wright has played 34 years of softball, including 30 years in the ASA Major Women's Open Division and three years in the Women's Professional Softball League (1977-79). Wright pitched for the St. Louis Hummers (WPSL) and was selected as the 1977 International Pro Softball Association's Rookie of the Year.

Links to Coach Wright's NFCA Articles

NFCA Article September

NFCA Article October

NFCA Article November

NFCA Article December

NFCA Article January

NFCA Article February


YearSchoolOverall W-L-TPctConference W-LPctPlace
1980Illinois State28-9-1.750---
1981Illinois State40-12-0.769---
1982Illinois State24-19-1.556---
1983Illinois State16-16-0.500---
1984 Illinois State 24-18-0 .600 15-3 .833 1st
1985 Illinois State 31-18-0 .65712-4 .750 1st
Totals 6 Seasons 163-92-2 .638 27-7.794-
YearSchoolOverall W-L-TPctConference W-LPctPlace
1986 Fresno State *40-16-1 .710 8-2 .800 T1st
1987 Fresno State 54-16-0 .771 31-5 .861 T1st
1988 Fresno State 55-17-0 .763 29-5 .852 1st
1989 Fresno State 58-14-0 .805 29-7 .806 1st
1990 Fresno State 62-15-0 .805 29-7 .806 1st
1991 Fresno State 57-11-0 .838 31-5 .861 1st
1992 Fresno State 52-16-0 .767 26-10 .722 1st
1993 Fresno State 38-24-0 .613 14-10 .583 3rd
1994 Fresno State 49-16-0 .762 21-5 .808 3rd
1995 Fresno State50-19-0 .72518-8 .692 3rd
1996 Fresno State51-11-0 .823 24-2 .923 1st
1997 Fresno State55-14-0 .80323-9 .719 2nd
1998 Fresno State 52-11-0 .825 28-2 .9331st
1999 Fresno State 65-10-0 .882 24-0 1.000 1st
2000 Fresno State 54-14-0 .794 16-2 .889 1st
2001 Fresno State39-19-0 .672 13-3 .813 1st
2002 Fresno State 50-20-0 .71418-6 .750 1st
2003 Fresno State36-22-0 .621 14-4.778 2nd
2004 Fresno State48-20-0 .706 20-4 .833 1st
2005 Fresno State 43-12-0 .782 17-1 .944 1st
2006 Fresno State37-19-0 .661 12-3 .800 1st
2007 Fresno State 47-18-0.723 15-3 .833 2nd
2008 Fresno State54-13-0.806 14-3 .824 2nd
2009 Fresno State38-20-0 .655 15-5 .750 1st
2010 Fresno State41-21-0 .661 15-6 .7512nd
2011 Fresno State35-19-0 .648 15-6 .714 2nd
2012 Fresno State36-23-0 .610 13-6 .684 3rd
FS Totals 27 Seasons 1,294-450-1 .742532-129.805 -
Career 33 Seasons 1,457-542-3 .728 558-136 .804-

* Per NCAA, Wright is credited with 38 wins individually as the NCAA does not
includeforfeit wins but do include the forfet wins in the overall team record.

Wright's Accolades

• Recorded 27th consecutive winning season at Fresno State & 33rd straight in career
• Coached 2000th NCAA Division I game vs. Louisiana Tech (W 11-2, 5 inn., on May 11)
• Coached 1700th game at Fresno State (W 6-3 vs. #7 UCLA on Feb. 25)
• Picked up career win No. 1450 vs. New Mexico State (W 1-0 on April 20)
• Averaged 1,000 fans for the 20th consecutive year while drawing more than 10,000 fans for the 25th straight season
• Program recorded its 26th 20-win season at home (Wright went 431-89 (.829) in 17 years at the "New" Bulldog Diamond while coaching 800 games overall at home with a 663-136-1 (.830) mark in 27 years)
• Directed Fresno State to its 35th consecutive winning season
• Advanced to WAC Tournament championship game for the fourth straight year and six times in eight years as a league member (won three times: 2009, 2007 and 1999)

• Led program to 30th straight NCAA Tournament appearance (26 straight under her tutelage)
• Collected 1,400th career victory (W 3-2 vs. Bradley)
• Coached the program to its 1,500th win (W 1-0 vs. Idaho)
• Home attendance in the program's 30-year Division I history eclipsed the 700,000 mark (701,516)

• Collected 1,200 school win (W 1-0 vs. Virginia)
• Notched 600th home victory (W 10-1 vs. Santa Clara)
• Posted 20th 40-win season

• WAC Tournament Title
• WAC Coach of the Year
• WAC Championship
• First WAC coach to reach 300 WAC victories
• Coached 600th conference game at Fresno State (W 9-0 vs. Utah State)
• "New" Bulldog Diamond surpassed the 500,000 mark in attendance (14 years old, 1902 average)
• Led program to its 1,450th victory (W 12-2 vs. Long Beach State)

• First softball coach in NCAA Division I history to capture 1,300th Division I wins
• Ranks No. 2 all-time in Division I history in career victories regardless of sport
• Tallied 1,100th school victory
• Recorded 500th career conference win
• Coached 1,500th game at Fresno State (W 4-0 vs. New Mexico State)
• Collected 14th 50-win season
• Hosted 21st NCAA Regional
• Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame (1998 NCAA Championship Team)

• WAC Tournament Championship Title
• Coached 1,700th career game (Won 2-0 vs. #16 Stanford)

• Fresno County Women Lawyers Hall of Fame
• WAC Championship
• First softball coach in NCAA Division I history to record 1,200 Division I wins

• Women's Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame
• WAC Championship
• WAC Coach of the Year
• Collected 1,000th school win
• First head coach to earn 1,000 school and Division I career wins at one school

• WAC Championship
• Recorded 1,100th career victory

• Tallied 900th school win

• WAC Championship
• First softball coach in NCAA Division I history to notch 1,000 Division I wins
• 24th NCAA Division I head coach, regardless of sport, to post 1,000 Division I wins

• WAC Championship
• WAC Coach of the Year
• Babe Ruth Advisory Board
• Salt Lake 2002 Olympic support runner
• California National Organization for Women honoree

• WAC Championship
• NFCA Hall of Fame
• NCAA all-time winningest softball coach

• Fifth place at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• WAC Championship
• WAC Tournament Title
• WAC Co-Coach of the Year
• West Region Coach of the Year
• Illinois ASA Hall of Fame
• Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame (coach)
• "Promises to Keep Award" National Women's Political Caucus of Fresno County

• NCAA Champions - Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• WAC Championship
• NFCA/Speedline National Coach of the Year
• West Region Coach of the Year
• WAC Coach of the Year
• USOC National Coach of the Year in Softball
• USA Softball head coach at ISF World Championship - gold medal
• Finalist for USA National Team head coach for 2000 Olympics
• 1973 Illinois State softball team inducted into ISU's Athletic Hall of Fame
• Top 10 Business Women of Fresno

• Third place at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• Decatur (Ill.) Athletic Hall of Fame

• West Region Coach of the Year
• WAC Coach of the Year
• WAC Championship
• USA Olympic Assistant Softball Coach - gold medal

• USA Junior National Team Head Coach - gold medal
• USA National Team Assistant Coach at Superball Classic - gold medal
• USA Softball co-head coach for East Team at U.S. Olympic Festival

• Fifth place at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• USA National Team Assistant Coach at ISF World Championship - gold medal
• USA Softball head coach for North Team at U.S. Olympic Festival

• USA Softball head coach for West Team at U.S. Olympic Festival
• Selected as one of eight USA Softball National Team Coaches for the 1996 Quadrinium

• Third place at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• Big West Conference Championship

• Third place at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• Big West Conference Championship
• USA Team Assistant Coach at Pan American Games - gold medal

• National runner-up at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• West Region Coach of the Year
• Big West Coach of the Year
• Big West Conference Championship

• National runner-up at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• Big West Conference Championship
• First softball coach to represent USIA in Czechoslovakia as a clinician

• National runner-up at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• West Region Coach of the Year
• PCAA Coach of the Year
• PCAA championship

• Fifth place at Women's College World Series
• NCAA Regional Title
• West Region Coach of the Year
• PCAA Coach of the Year
• PCAA Championship
• International consultant for Latin American and Pan American Games
• National Governing Body Assistant at U.S. Olympic Festival

• Northwest Region Coach of the Year
• NorPac Coach of the Year
• NorPac Championship
• International consultant for Latin American and Pan American Games

Wright Coaching Milestones

Career Victory No. 1 Illinois State 6, New Mexico 0 (March 8, 1980)
Career Victory No. 100 Illinois State 3, Evansville 0 (April 12, 1983)
Career Victory No. 200 Fresno State 3, Oregon State 0 (May 9, 1986)
Career Victory No. 300 Fresno State 2, Pacific 1 (May 5, 1988)
Career Victory No. 400 Fresno State 2, UC Santa Barbara 0 (March 31, 1990)
Career Victory No. 500 Fresno State 2, Arizona 1 (March 7, 1992)
Career Victory No. 600 Fresno State 3, Arizona 1 (April 26, 1994)
Career Victory No. 700 Fresno State 9, Sacramento State 0 (March 30, 1996)
Career Victory No. 800 Fresno State 10, San Jose State 1 (March 25, 1998)
Career Victory No. 900 Fresno State 10, Kansas 0 (February 11, 2000)
Career Victory No. 914 Fresno State 1, Oklahoma 0 (March 5, 2000)
Career Victory No. 1,000 Fresno State 5, Boston University 3 (March 8, 2002)
Career Victory No. 1,100 Fresno State 8, Long Island 0 (March 16, 2004)
Career Victory No. 1,200 Fresno State 5, Hawai'i 2 (April 22, 2006)
Career Victory No. 1,300 Fresno State 3, New Mexico State 2 (May 2, 2008)
Career Victory No. 1,400 Fresno State 3, Bradley 2 (March 15, 2011)

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