Dec. 28, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 4 top moment in Fresno State Athletics in 2012 was softball's all-time wins leader going out on top after 27 successful years as a Bulldog.
This concludes one finest chapters in all of college sports, not just college softball, as it closes out the career of legendary Fresno State head coach Margie Wright. Her accomplishments on the Diamond are as good as it gets. In fact there has been no better coach in the game of softball.
"It's been an outstanding opportunity," Wright said during a celebration at Bulldog Diamond on June 10. "I can never thank the players enough...every one of them touched my life in a different way and in a special way. The players are one of the reasons I stayed here for 27 years and I think next to them are the fans. Clearly we have the best fans in the country here."
With a 1,454-539-3 (.728) record in 33 seasons as a Division I coach, Wright is softball's all-time winningest coach in NCAA history. She went 1,291-448-1 (.742) in 27 seasons at Fresno State and brought the program to unparalleled heights, including the 1998 NCAA National Championship that was the school's first-ever NCAA Division I team title.
Wright led the Bulldogs to 10 NCAA Women's College World Series appearances. She also guided the program to three national runner-up finishes, three third place showings and three fifth-place performances in the WCWS. In addition, the 10-time conference coach of the year led the softball program to 17 outright or shared conference titles.
Wright coached 16 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans - a mark that ranks her No. 1 overall among active coaches at the time of her retirement while the softball program ranks third overall among Division I schools with 18 honorees. Wright also oversaw 138 all-conference picks, 89 NCAA All-Region, 53 All-Americans, 16 NCAA individual statistical champions, four NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners, two NCAA Top VIII Awardees, 15 Olympians, eight professionals and two No. 1 professional draft picks while averaging 48 wins a season.
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