Cha-Ching, Candrea Ca$he$ in at Arizona

March 5, 2017 Head coach Mike Candreaduring Arizona's 4-2 win over Texas, Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium, Tucson, AZ

Arizona head softball coach Mike Candrea has agreed to terms that will extend his contract through the 2022 season and increase his yearly base salary to $345,000, Director of Athletics Dave Heeke announced on Monday. In addition to the base salary, Candrea’s five-year extension includes performance bonuses and 50,000 units in a master limited partnership that will vest at stages throughout the contract. The combined package will make Candrea one of the highest-paid collegiate softball coaches in the country. The extension has been agreed to in principle but is subject to final approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.
March 4, 2017.  Head coach Mike Candrea during the Wildcats 2-1 walkoff win over the Texas Longhorns.  Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium, Tucson, AZ.
“Simply put, Mike Candrea is the greatest coach in the history of softball,” Heeke said. “From the National Championships to the Olympic medals, nobody has done more to grow the sport of softball. During his time as head coach at Arizona, Mike has shown an incredible aptitude to not only produce excellent softball players, but also excellent people, and we couldn’t be happier that he’s agreed to continue to lead our program well into the future.”