In her 26th season as head coach of the Fresno State softball program, Margie Wright (Illinois State, 1974) has 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.
Margie Wright interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
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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 1,300 fastpitch wins, she owns an impressive 25-year school mark of 1,223-408-1 (.750) and a 31-year career record of 1,386-500-3 (.735). While Wright is 80-57 (.586) overall in the postseason, she owns a 26-19 Women’s College World Series ledger that boasts 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 wins leading softball coach in 2000, the ten-time conference coach of the year boasts 17 outright or shared conference titles, three WAC tournament championships, 10 regional championship crowns while leading Fresno State to 24 consecutive NCAA postseason appearances.
Sporting the most CoSIDA Academic All-Americans at Fresno State, Wright has had at least one academic all-district selection in 19 of her 25 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 are averaging 49 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.
Entering the 2011 season 14 victories shy of career win No. 1400, 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 recently featured in two books — She Can Coach! and Celebrating Women Coaches: A Biographical Dictionary.
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 and home attendance broke the 650,000 mark overall in 2009, Wright owns a 621-126-1 (.830) 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 has ranked among the Top 10 in 154 weeks. Overall, the `Dogs have been in the national polls in 252 of 297 weeks since the NCAA’s first Top 15 poll in 1983. Per attendance, Fresno State continues to be a dominant draw on the NCAA Division I level. Since 1991 when the NCAA has kept official attendance, Fresno State has been the nation’s top attendance in average per date 13 times in 20 years (unofficially 18 times in 25 years) and in total attendance per season 10 times in 20 years (unofficially 15 times in 25 years).
Fresno State is one of the top two NCAA Division I all-time winningest fastpitch programs with 1,407 wins — ahead of UCLA, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, CS Fullerton, California, Michigan, Iowa, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. While owning the NCAA record for 29 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Fresno State is third all-time in NCAA Tournament wins (88) and World Series appearances (12). In the NCAA polls, Wright has guided the program to a final Top 25 ranking every year except three times (those 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 as well as published author, Wright is only the third head coach of the Bulldogs’ softball program and is the winningest coach overall at Fresno State.
In the fall of 2008, Wright and her 1998 NCAA National Championship Team were inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. Accepted in the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999, she was honored with her 12th hall of fame induction of her career. In addition, four-time USA Olympic softball medalist Laura Berg was inducted as an individual in the fall 2009 class, giving the program seven Fresno Athletic Hall of Famers; all have which have happened under Wright.
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. She 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 2010, Fresno State recorded its 33rd consecutive winning season and appeared in its NCAA record-setting 29th consecutive tournament championship. 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.
In the WAC, Fresno State finished second with a 15-6 ledger; the Bulldogs have finished either first or second for the 15th consecutive year in league play. Appearing in the national polls for the 28th consecutive year, the Bulldogs reached as high as No. 17 in the 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/ESPN.com Poll the `Dogs also received votes. In addition, Fresno State averaged 1,000-plus fans for the 18th consecutive year and drew more than 10,000 fans for the 23rd straight season. The program also notched its 16th 20-win season at home (22-5) in the last 17 years and 25th overall.
Five Bulldogs garnered all-conference accolades while one, Michelle Moses, went on to garner All-West Region honors.
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 ESPN.com/USA Softball for a 28th showing. Bulldog Diamond broke the 660,000 fan mark and eclipsed the 500,000 mark at the `new” Bulldog Diamond in 14 years. Hosting the league tournament and winning the championship in 2009, `07 and 1999, Fresno State has served as host to the WAC tournament four times (1999, 2006, 2007 and 2009) as a conference affiliate. Wright picked up her sixth WAC Coach of the Year honor, giving her a total of 10 conference coaching honors.
Individually, southpaw Morgan Melloh finished second in the nation in strikeouts (450) and was ranked among the top 10 in shutouts (No. 5, 17), wins (No. 7, 30) and strikeouts per 7/innings pitched (No. 9, 9.9). She went on to become the fourth NCAA Division I pitcher to throw back-to-back 400 strikeout seasons in her first two years.
The 2008 season saw an underclassmen laden squad compile a 54-13 overall mark, were seeded No. 16 nationally entering NCAA Tournament play and reach as high as the Top 10 nationally in both the USA Today/NFCA and USA Softball/ESPN.com 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 placed second in the league with a 14-3 mark; they notched the program’s 1,400th overall win against WAC foe Hawai’i. Still further, the 2008 team set a new single season record for best away record (neutral and road) with a 29-6 ledger – breaking the 1999 record in which this team posted a 29-7 away record.
Individually, Melloh was second in the nation in victories all season long en route to establishing three single-season school marks: wins (42), strikeouts (454) and innings pitched (360.2). As the third Bulldog hurler to garner WAC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year accolades, she became the ninth Fresno State player to garner conference rookie of the year honors. Winning the WAC’s triple crown (wins, ERA and strikeouts), she captured Second Team All-America honors; thus becoming the sixth Bulldog freshman hurler to be honored as an All-American her first year. Wright collected three personal milestones in 2008 as she notched her 1,100th school win, her 1,300th career victory and her 500th career conference win.
In 2007, Fresno State posted a 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. Eclipsing the 300-win mark at the “new” Bulldog Diamond, Fresno State also collected the program’s 550th conference win. Individually, Wright coached her 1,700th career game against No. 16 Stanford at the NCAA Regional – the Bulldogs won 2-0. Six Bulldogs garnered all-conference honors – 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).
Boasting the league’s first three-time WAC Player of the Year selection in Christina Clark, she went on to garner Second Team All-America honors and became the first Bulldog to be a three-time All-American at shortstop. Wrapping up her career by ranking in five NCAA Division I offensive categories, she also would be ranked in 12 Fresno State all-time marks and in 11 WAC career records. As the program’s 18th professional draft pick, Clark would go on to be 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 undefeated on the road in league action. For postseason awards, 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 after posting an overall record of 48-20 and 20-4 in league play. The Bulldogs finished with a No. 25 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The `Dogs had five All-WAC selections, including 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 ESPN.com/USA 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.
Margie 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 its first national title by any sport at the 17th WCWS in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Bulldogs, who posted a 7-1 postseason record, entered WCWS play as the seventh seed and defeated No. 1 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 Bulldogs 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, Margie 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, Margie 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.
Originally from Warrensburg, Ill., Wright is a 1974 graduate of Illinois State University, where she was a four-year letter winner in softball and basketball as well as a three-year letter winner 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.
MARGIE WRIGHT’S CAREER COACHING RECORD
Year School Overall W L T Pct Conference W L Pct Place
1980 Illinois State 28 9 1 .750
1981 Illinois State 40 12 0 .769
1982 Illinois State 24 19 1 .556
1983 Illinois State 16 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
Year School Overall W L T Pct Conference W L Pct Place
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 .762 215 .808 3rd
1995 Fresno State50 19 0 .72518 8 .692 3rd
1996 Fresno State 51 11 0 .823 24 2 .923 1st
1997 Fresno State 55 14 0 .80323 9 .719 2nd
1998 Fresno State 52 11 0 .825 28 2 .933 1st
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 State 48 20 0 .706 20 4 .833 1st
2005 Fresno State 43 12 0 .782 17 1 .944 1st
2006 Fresno State 37 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 State 38 20 0 .655 15 5 .750 1st
FS Totals 25 Seasons 1,223 408 1 .750 504 117 .811
Career 31 Seasons 1,385 500 3 .736 531 124 .810
* 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.
In 2010 she recorded her 1,200 school victory and became the first coach in the WAC to reach 500 conference wins.
2009 WAC Coach of the Year WAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions First coach to win 300 games in the WAC
2008 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) Led program to 27th straight NCAA Tournament appearance Collected 14th 50-win season Hosted 21st NCAA Regional Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame (1998 NCAA Championship Team)
2007 WAC Tournament Champions 450th Career WAC Win Led Bulldogs to 26th Straight NCAA Tournament
2006 WAC championship 1,200th career win Hosted 20th NCAA Regional Led program to 25th straight NCAA postseason appearance Inducted into Illinois ASA Hall of Fame (Moline Sexton Ford Women’s Major Fastpitch) Inducted into Fresno County Women Lawyers Hall of Fame
2005 Inducted into the International Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 WAC championship 1,000th school win WAC Coach of the Year
2004 WAC championship 1,100th career victory
2003 Tallied 900th school win
2002 Winters Olympic Support Runner 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
2001 WAC championship WAC Coach of the Year Honored by CANOW Babe Ruth Advisory Board
2000 WAC championship NFCA Hall of Fame NCAA all-time winningest coach
1999 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 “Promises to Keep Award” National Women’s Political Caucus of Fresno County
1998 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
1997 Third place at Women’s College World Series NCAA regional title Inducted into Decatur (Ill.) Athletic Hall of Fame
1996 West Region Coach of the Year WAC Coach of the Year WAC Championship USA Olympic Assistant Softball Coach – gold medal
1995 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
1994 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
1993 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
1992 Third place at Women’s College World Series NCAA regional title Big West Conference Championship
1991 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
1990 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
1989 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 1988 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
1987 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 1986 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)