Fresno State's Margie Wright Announces Retirement
Wright, who is the NCAA Division I all-time winningest softball coach and is ranked second all-time in NCAA Division I history for victories regardless of sport, steps down after guiding the university to its first NCAA Division I team title (1998) and directing the softball program to unparalleled heights.
Under her direction the Bulldogs have appeared in every NCAA Tournament, while becoming the second all-time winningest softball program in Division I history.
A U.S. Olympic coach and 13-time hall of famer, Wright has amassed 1,454 career wins in 33 years while leading the ’Dogs to 1,291 victories in 27 seasons. With 10 NCAA Women’s College World Series appearances under her tutelage, she also has led the program to three national runner-up finishes, three third-place showings and three fifth-place performances in the WCWS. In addition, the 10-time conference coach of the year has led the softball program to 17 outright or shared conference titles.
While Fresno State is one of just five programs in Division I history to make 10 or more trips to the WCWS, she has coached 16 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans – a mark that ranks her No. 1 overall among active coaches while the softball program ranks third overall among Division I schools with 18 honorees. Wright also has overseen 138 all-conference picks, 89 NCAA All-Region selections, 53 All-Americans, 16 NCAA individual statistical champions, four NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners, two NCAA Top VIII Awardees, 15 Olympians, eight professionals and two No. 1 professional draft picks while averaging 48 wins a season.
In 2012 Wright coached her 1,700th game at Fresno State against then-No. 7 UCLA and the Bulldogs notched a 6-3 road victory. She picked up her 1,450th career win at home against New Mexico State on April 20 and is on schedule coach her 2,000th career game at this week’s WAC Tournament.
This National Coach of the Year has seen her squad ranked in the national polls for 27 consecutive years while the fan base led the NCAA in average attendance 13 times and total attendance 10 times. She also was a driving force behind the construction of the “New” Bulldog Diamond – the first true major league style ballpark for collegiate softball which proved to be a blueprint for softball growth on the NCAA Division I level.