Washington announces contract extension for head softball coach Heather Tarr
Washington announced on Tuesday that it has extended softball coach Heather Tarr’s contract to keep her on Montlake through the 2029 season.
“The University of Washington has been my home for a long time now, and I am so proud to know that it will continue to be for a while longer,” said Tarr in a statement. “I appreciate the continued support from (athletic director) Jen Cohen and our athletic department, donors, student-athletes, and the alumni who have built this program.”
THE GOAT 🐐
We are thrilled to announce that Washington's all-time winningest head coach, Heather Tarr, has inked a contract extension until 2029!
— Washington Softball (@UWSoftball) September 27, 2022
Tarr is entering her 19th season with the Huskies, and few have been as influential on both the UW program and college softball as a whole than her. A former UW player herself, Tarr has guided Washington to two Pac-12 Championships, 17 Regional appearances, 14 Super Regionals, and seven trips to the Women’s College World Series. In 2009, the Huskies won the National Championship for the first time in program history.
“Coach Tarr sets a standard of excellence that we all strive for every day in Husky Athletics,” said Cohen. “As Washington’s all-time winningest coach, Heather builds winning environments for her student-athletes both on and off the field. I couldn’t be more excited to support her leading Husky Softball for many years to come.”
Under Tarr, Washington has seen Huskies earn 33 NFCA All-American selections, 105 All-Conference nods and 10 Pac-12 Player of the Year awards. The Huskies have won 50 or more games on five occasions. Washington has been ranked in the NFCA National Coaches Poll for a remarkable 216 consecutive weeks.
Tarr has a career record of 744-283-1. Her .724 winning percentage is 11th-best among active DI softball coaches and the 744 wins is a Washington record.
There might not be a better person to lead the program because there might not be a single person who knows it better; Tarr has had a role as either a player or a coach in 24 of the program’s 30 seasons.
Said Tarr: “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our current team and our athletic department.”