USA Softball announced on Monday that Washington Huskies Head Coach Heather Tarr would serve as the 2019 U.S. Junior Women’s National Team head coach. Tarr has been an assistant with the U.S. Women’s National Team for the last two years and helped the team to a WBSC World Championship.
Heather Tarr has been named Head Coach of the 2019 #USASoftball Junior Women’s National Team! 🇺🇸
— USA Softball (@USASoftball) October 1, 2018
“It’s always an honor to represent your country, and I’m thrilled to do so as Head Coach of the 2019 Junior Women’s National Team,” said Tarr in USA press release. “I look forward to working with USA Softball and the tremendous athletes in our country toward competing for a Gold Medal at the Junior World Championship. I will ensure the athletes grow and develop into the best softball players they can be and will remain focused on this team reaching its fullest potential.”
In 2017, Tarr joined the USA Softball National Team coaching staff as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s National Team (WNT) working under Head Coach Ken Eriksen. Tarr helped guide the 2017 roster to a Gold Medal finish at the Pan American Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Returning to the coaching staff in 2018, Tarr once again had a Gold Medal season with the WNT as the team captured back-to-back World Championship titles at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan. In addition to their Gold Medal finish, Team USA also secured the first of four available berths to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, joining host country Japan who earned an automatic berth.
U.S. National Head Coach Ken Eriksen released statement on Monday via South Florida Twitter account on Tarr getting named new Head Coach of Junior National team. Tarr
— USF Softball (@USFSoftball) October 1, 2018
As Washington’s head coach, Tarr led the Huskies to back-to-back Women’s College World Series trips the last two years. Last season, the Huskies finished second in the country and spent the entire season ranked in the nation’s top five ending up playing for the National Championship against Florida State before falling in two games in the championship series.
Tarr will lead the JWNT throughout 2019, including at the Junior Women’s World Championship in Irvine, Calif. in August.