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Taryne Mowatt Returns to Arizona as Pitching Coach

Photo by Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star

Former Arizona Wildcat great Taryne Mowatt is back home at Arizona as Mowatt was named the Wildcats the new pitching coach on Tuesday. Mowatt replaces Stacy Iveson, who will move into an administrative role and lead Arizona’s recruiting efforts and operations.

“I am excited to be back home in Arizona,” said Mowatt in Arizona press release . “I had an amazing time during my playing days in Tucson and look forward to working with the pitchers to get back to Oklahoma City.”

Mowatt spent the last two seasons at Ole Miss helping the Rebels make back to back NCAA Tournament appearances which were the first time Ole Miss has ever made the NCAA Tournament.

Mowatt inherited a staff with a 4.30 ERA in 2015, Under Mowatt, the Rebels lowered the ERA to 3.26 and then to 2.10 in 2017. That improvement helped Ole Miss produce its most successful season in school history. The Rebels won 43 games and hosted a NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. Mowatt and the staff were awarded NFCA Division I Regional Coaching Staff of the Year Award.”

“Taryne is a fierce competitor,” said Head Coach Mike Candrea in Arizona press release . “She pitched with a chip on her shoulder. She’s the type of coach that will develop our pitchers to be the same competitive athlete that she was. She’s gained great experience the last three years in the SEC facing good competition each every week, which will help her in the Pac-12. She has a great vision of what needs to be done; now it’s about getting the kids to buy into the approach that it takes to get things done. I’m thrilled to have her. She’s a hard worker and has matured a lot since I had her as a player. She’s got a passion for coaching.”

Mowatt helped lead the Wildcats to back-to-back national titles in 2006 and ’07 that saw Mowatt earned MVP honors after setting WCWS records in innings pitched (60), strikeouts (76) and complete games (8), while leading the Wildcats’ to their eighth NCAA Championship. She later won a pair of ESPYs for her performance. Mowatt to the local media in Arizona on Tuesday that she is coming back home to her “dream job.”

One of Mowatt main jobs is working with Wildcats staff that in 2017 had one of the top pitching staffs in the country last season, but lose ace All-American Danielle O’Toole who graduated, so Mowatt and the Wildcats will have to find a reliable No. 2 pitcher to complement junior Taylor McQuillin.

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