In Heather Tarr’s first season at the UW, she led the Huskies to the Super Regional where they fell one game short of advancing to the WCWS. The Huskies’ season came to an end when they lost a three-game series to eventual national champion Michigan in Ann Arbor and finished the year with a No. 14 national ranking.
Heather Tarr interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
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Seven Huskies earned All-Pac-10 honors, including Kristen Rivera, who was named Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year. Rivera also became the Huskies’ first-ever four-time All-American, earning first team honors as a catcher. Three Washington players earned All-Pacific Region honors and three were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team for their successes in the classroom.
Washington finished the season with a 35-22 record and finished sixth in the Pac-10 Conference with a 10-11 mark after four teams log-jammed in a tie for first place with 13-8 records.
The Huskies tallied 13 wins over opponents ranked in the top-25, including victories over No. 1 Michigan, No. 3 California and No. 4 Stanford.
Before taking over the Washington program, Tarr had a six-year stint at Pacific, starting as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in April of 2004.
During her six seasons at Pacific, the Tigers posted a 232-124 (.652) overall record and 90-44 (.672) mark in the Big West Conference.
In 2004 Tarr guided the Tigers to a top-20 national batting average. In 2001, she and Pacific head coach Brian Kolze were named the 2001 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Tigers to within one win of the Women’s College World Series and a No. 18 final national ranking. That team also finished the season with a .973 fielding percentage, ranking second-best in the country.
Tarr joined Pacific prior to the 1999 season after an outstanding career as a Husky. As a four-year letterwinner, Tarr helped lead the UW to a second place finish at the Women’s College World Series in 1996 and a third place finish in 1997.
She earned various honors while playing softball at Washington. A three-year member of the Pac-10 All-Academic team from 1994-97, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team from 1995-97 and the NFCA All-West Region team in 1996 and 1997.
Tarr also worked at Washington as an undergraduate assistant coach during the 1998 season, helping the Huskies to a third-place finish at the 1998 Women’s College World Series.
In addition to her collegiate experience, Tarr brings experience from the professional level as she spent the summer of 1997 as a member of the Women’s Professional Fastpitch Softball League’s Tampa Bay Fire Stix. She was the league leader in fielding percentage for first basemen and also led the league in walks.
Tarr earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Washington in 1998. She completed her Masters Degree in Education at Pacific in the fall of 2003. Tarr is a native of Redmond, Wash., and is a graduate of Redmond High School.