STAFF OF SOUTHWEST CAMPS

Caitlin Lowe
Outfield / Hitting Instructor
University of Arizona Player | 2004-2007

Four-time Wildcat All-American Caitlin Lowe was promoted to assistant coach in 2014 after joining the coaching staff as the team’s volunteer assistant coach in 2013 and serving as the program’s director of operations in 2012.

Lowe, entering her fifth season as UA's assistant coach, has made in immeasurable impact with UA's outfielders and slappers. Lowe, Arizona's career leader in stolen bases, also works with the Wildcats on base running.

During her playing career, Lowe did not commit an error as a four-year starter in center field. In 2017, with her defensive expertise guiding the way, Arizona's three starting outfielders combined for one total error and had the best outfield fielding percentage (.994) in school history. That helped the Wildcats finish 52-9 and win their 11th conference championship. Lowe and the UA coaching staff was named NFCA Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

“We are very excited that Caitlin will be a member of our coaching staff with primary duties working with the Arizona outfielders, slappers, and base running,” said head coach Mike Candrea. “We feel that Caitlin brings a great background as a player and will excel in working with our players on a day-to-day basis.”

Lowe will work with the slappers, the outfielders and base running.

“It’s great to have Caitlin back in Tucson. She’s a great addition to our staff, one of the best players to wear an Arizona or any uniform,”  Candrea said.

Lowe, a letterwinner from 2004-07, boasts some of the most impressive credentials in her time with the sport. A two-time national champion (2006 and 2007), Lowe’s name is scattered throughout the Arizona record books: Lowe remains second in batting average (.446), fourth in hits (351), fourth in triples (12), seventh in runs scored (242) and first in stolen bases (156).

In 2007, Lowe was awarded the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the senior displaying excellence in the community, the classroom, character and in competition, as well as the adidas Golden Shoe Award, given to the nation’s best base-stealer. The Tustin, Calif., native was a two-time finalist for the Honda Softball Award (2005 and 2007) as well as a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year in 2005.

Lowe is one of only six Wildcat players to be named an NFCA All-American in each of her four years with the program and joined Leah Braatz (1994, 95, 97, 98) as the only player in Arizona history to be awarded first-team All-America all four years.

An Olympian in 2008, Lowe took home the silver medal competing for Team USA under Head Coach Mike Candrea. Lowe competed for Team USA from 2005-2008.

Lowe graduated from UA in 2007 with a degree in psychology and a minor in communications. She has spent the last four years in National Professional Fastpitch competing for the USSSA Pride.


Taryne Mowatt
Assistant Coach
University of Arizona | 2005-2008

Former Wildcat All-American pitcher and 2007 Women’s College World Series Most Valuable Player Taryne Mowatt returned to her alma mater to join the Wildcats’ coaching staff in October of 2017.

Mowatt joined the staff as UA’s pitching coach after two years in the same role at Ole Miss, where her overhaul of the pitching staff helped lead the charge in the turnaround of the Rebels program. When she took over as pitching coach, she inherited a staff that totaled a 4.30 ERA in 2015. Her pitchers improved that mark to 3.26 in 2016, and shaved off even more in 2017 to 2.10, knocking off more than two runs (2.20) in just two seasons.

In 2015, her first year at Ole Miss, the Rebels went to their first NCAA Tournament ever. In her second, the Rebels won the SEC Tournament Championship and hosted NCAA Regionals for the first time school history.

She was responsible for taking in two-time JUCO All-American Kaitlin Lee, and forming her into a competitive SEC pitcher. She did that and much more, as Lee went on to lead the SEC in innings pitched (249.2) and tie the school’s wins record of 23, set just a year prior by Madi Osias. Her efforts earned her NFCA All-South Region Third Team honors and All-SEC Second Team accolades. Behind Lee, freshman Morgan Bruce became the school’s first-ever pitcher to be named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after going 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA. Brittany Finney, a transfer from Oklahoma, stepped in and went 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Alyssa Clayton and Elisha Jahnke combined for six wins to contribute to the 43-win campaign and run into NCAA Super Regionals. All five combined for 17 shutouts as a staff, which broke the school record for most in a season.

Prior to her time at Ole Miss, Mowatt was an assistant coach at California Baptist for three seasons, helping the team to NCAA regional appearances each year along with PacWest Conference championships in 2012 and 2014. As the team’s pitching coach, Mowatt instructed a pitching staff that consisted of program-record holders for wins, innings pitched and complete games. She also coached a conference pitcher of the year, freshman pitcher of the year, and three all-conference honorees.

At Arizona, Mowatt helped lead the Wildcats to back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007 the latter of which saw the junior pitcher put together one of the most amazing weeks the sport has ever seen. 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, a second-team All-American in 2007, won exactly 100 games in her UA career. Her 100-33 career record ranks seventh in UA history. She is second in Arizona history in both strikeouts (1,267) and innings pitched (877.2). She threw six no-hitters, including a perfect game.

Her 42 victories, 522 strikeouts and 370.0 innings pitched in 2007 remain Pac-12 records. In all, Mowatt posted a 1.54 ERA over 147 appearances as a Wildcat.

Mowatt holds UA records in strikeouts in a game (20 – 3/1/08 vs. Virginia Tech), strikeouts in a season (522 – 2007), appearances in a season (60 – 2007), games started in a season (53 – 2007), complete games in a season (50 – 2007), innings pitched in a season (370.0 – 2007) and victories in a season (42 – 2007).

Following her collegiate career, Mowatt was selected in the first round of the 2008 National Pro Fastpitch Draft. She played for five teams throughout her six years as a professional, including one season in Holland competing forthe Den Bosch Gryphons. In National Pro Fastpitch, Mowatt spent time with the Washington Glory, Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits and New York Comets.

Mowatt received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Arizona in 2009.


Stacy Iveson
Director of Recruiting-Operations
University of Arizona | 1986-1989

Four-time junior college national-champion coach Stacy Iveson re-joined the staff as a softball assistant in summer 2011.

Iveson, in her second stint as an assistant, has had many roles on Candrea's staff. In 2015, she was named the pitching coach and helped the 2016 staff to become one of the most dominant staffs in the nation.

In both 2016 and 2017, Iveson has helped Arizona's pitchers finish second in the Pac-12 in ERA, including a 1.45 mark in 2017, UA's lowest since 2006. That pitching dominance from All-American Danielle O'Toole and then-sophomore Taylor McQuillin helped Arizona win its 11th Pac-12 Championship.

In 2017, Iveson and the UA coaching staff was selected as the NFCA Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Iveson, a former Wildcat player and coach, won two NJCAA titles while at Pima Community College from 2002-07 and two in her most recent post as head coach at Yavapai College, including in 2011 with a 67-4 Roughriders club. She was head coach at Yavapai for four seasons and took all four teams to the national tournament’s final weekend.

She was NJCAA National Coach of the Year following her first title in 2004 and her staff at YC earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NJCAA Division I national staff of the year honor this past season and in 2009. She compiled a record of 213-44 at Yavapai during her tenure and won more than 300 games at Pima.

“We are very excited to bring back a great Wildcat who has made her own mark in the coaching profession,” Candrea said.

“I am thrilled to come back home to Tucson and have the opportunity to work beside my mentor. I look forward to working with the highly talented group of student-athletes at Arizona and being a part of the amazing Wildcat athletics department,” Iveson said.

“I have so much history on the UA campus and in Hillenbrand Stadium and am proud to be a part of the Wildcat softball family and all the tradition,” she said.

Iveson spent seven seasons as a Candrea assistant at UA from 1995 to 2001 and helped the Wildcats earn NCAA Championships in 1996, 1997 and 2001. Her work with Arizona pitchers and catchers was underscored by marks of 30-7 by Becky Lemke and 29-2 by Jennie Finch in 2000, and the latter’s remarkable 32-0 year in 2001.

She also worked with pitchers Nancy Evans during her twin 36-2 years in 1997-98, and Carrie Dolan (35-6) during the ‘96 title run. Catcher Leah Braatz was Diamond Sports/NFCA national catcher of the year in 1997 and 1998 and Lindsey Collins tied the Arizona fielding percentage mark with a flawless 1.000 campaign behind the plate in 2001.

Iveson has also been a member of the USA Softball coaching pool for the last six years. She worked closely with the National Team players and coaches including several training and selection camps and a trip to Guatemala in 2005 for the Pan American Qualifier. Last year she accompanied the USA Junior National team to Colombia as an assistant coach on the Pan American Championship squad that earned a berth in the World Championships.

A four year Arizona letter winner and starting catcher, she played on Candrea’s first four teams at UA from 1986 to 1989, earning first team all-region honors and All Pac 10 honors as a sophomore in 1987. She remains tied for the season record for games played, with 72 in 1988, and before the 1990s assault on the record book was among UA’s top 10 in career this, RBI, at bats, games played and doubles.

Iveson was softball coach at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson from 1991 to 1994 after a year as an assistant coaching the junior varsity. She led the Lancers to the state championship in 1993. She was head coach of the Arizona Heat national pro fastpitch team from 2005-07. She was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

The former Stacy Engel graduated from Tucson’s Catalina High School in 1985. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UA in 1990 and her master’s in educational administration from Northern Arizona in 1995.

She was a teacher in Tucson’s Flowing Wells School District from 1990 to 1994 and returned to the district to teach fifth grade at Laguna Elementary School in 1996. Her husband, Tom Iveson, also is an educator. The couple has a son, Jared.


Lisa Bernstein
Camp Director
University of Arizona | 1982-1986

Former Head Coach University of Minnesota 1991-2010
Former Assistant Coach University of Arizona 1986-1991
Southwest Camps Camp Director 1986 to present
2 Time All Conference
2 Time Team MVP University of Arizona

Lisa currently resides in St. Paul Minnesota where she continues to run camps and clinics both in Minnesota and throughout the United States.


Candace Abrams
Catching / Specialty Instructor
University of Arizona | 2001-2004

.252 lifetime batting average at U of A
2001 National Championship
Former Assistant Coach Barry University 2008-2010
Former Assistant Coach Pima Community College 2005-2007
Former High School Coach at Catalina Foothills
USSSA Northern California State Championship with Player’s Edge

Candace is currently the Head Coach at Colorado Mesa University.


Becky (Lemke) Blatnick
Pitching Instructor
University of Arizona | 1998-2001

3rd Team All-American Pitcher-1999
NCAA National Champion-2001
2 Time All Conference
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Victories-98
University of Arizona Top 20 Season Record Holder in Victories-30
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Strikeouts-916
University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Strikeouts-314
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Holder in Innings Pitched-781.0
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Shutouts-44
University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Shutouts-17
Member of Southwest Camp staff for over 20 years

Becky, a retired Phoenix firefighter, currently resides in Phoenix, where she does Private Individual Pitching lessons and raises her 2 sons with her husband Brian.


Mikel Candrea
Hitting Instructor

Former Student Baseball Coach at the University of Arizona from 1998-2000
Former Assistant Softball Coach at the University of Arizona from 2000-2004
Former Assistant Softball Coach at University of Pacific 2005-2008
Private Baseball and Softball instructor in Northern California
Southwest Camp Instructor since 1998

Mikel resides in Stockton, CA and travels throughout the country working with youth in both the sports of softball and baseball.


Nick Candrea
Hitting Instructor

Currently Head Softball Coach Paradise Valley Community College
Retired teacher and coach from Washington High School
1986 Arizona High School Coach Hall of Fame Member
1986 Arizona High School Baseball Championship at Washington High School

Nick currently resides in Phoenix with his wife Staci. Nick is the father of 6 kids and has 5 grandchildren.


Jackie Coburn
Hitting / Catcher / Infield Instructor
University of Arizona | 2002-2005

2002 All Tournament Team College World Series
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Home Runs-52
Played 2 years of professional softball for the Arizona Heat 2005-06
2005 Arizona Heat Rookie of the Year
Arizona Gatorade High School Player of the Year at North Canyon High School

Jackie currently resides in Peoria where she gives hitting lessons at Inside Pitch, works as a substitute teacher and is a part time firefighter with the Rio Verde Fire Department.


Debby Day
Pitching Instructor
University of Arizona | 1991-1992

1st Team All-American Pitcher-1992
3rd Team All-American Pitcher- 1991
NCAA National Champion-1991
Member of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
2 Time All Conference
2 Time All College World Series Team
University of Arizona Career Leader in ERA-0.44
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Victories-62
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Strikeouts-334
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Holder in Innings Pitched-523.0
2 Time University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in ERA-0.38/0.50
University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Victories-32
University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Shutouts-19
2 Time University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Innings Pitched-268.1/255.1

Debby is the Head Coach at California Lutheran University where she also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator. Debby has a daughter, Kylie.


Mark Medrano
Outfield & Specialized Skill Instructor

Southwest Camps Instructor 1988 - present
Head Softball Coach Tolleson High School 1997 – present
Former infielder for Tolleson High School baseball team
Assistant Football Coach Tolleson High School
Former South Mountain Community College Softball Coach from 1988-1992

Mark and his wife Francie reside in Peoria and have a daughter Rachel (16) and 2 sons Matthew (12) and Anthony (10).


David Moore
Hitting Instructor

Southwest Camps Instructor 1994 - present
Head Softball Coach Paradise Valley High School 2003 – present
Head Softball Coach Washington High School 2001-2003
Assistant Baseball Coach Washington High School - 1991-2000
2009 NFCA and Stabilizer Solutions Field of the Year
Author - Moore's Sports Shorts

David and his wife Jennifer reside in Phoenix and have a daughter Brittany and a son Cody.


Jav Vela
Hitting Instructor

Current Head Softball Coach and teacher at Klein Oak High School, Klein Texas
Coach of High School State Championship Softball Team
Coach for Professional Softball Teams-Texas Thunder and Rockford Thunder
Member of the 1968 Cotton Bowl winning team at Texas A & M
Renowned clinician and hitting instructor.
Valued member of Southwest Softball Camp staff since 1998

Jav and his wife Leslie, have a daughter Marissa, a son in law Chad Stevens are proud grandparents.


Laura (Espinoza) Watson
Infield / Hitting Instructor
University of Arizona | 1992-1995

1st Team All-American Shortstop-1993/1994
2nd Team All-American Shortstop -1993
NCAA National Champion-1993 and 1994
Member of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
4 Time All Pac-10 Conference
1994 “College Sports” Player of the Year
1994 US Olympic Festival team member
1991 Jr. Olympic National Team Member
1995 Pac-10 Player of the Year
1995 “Fastpitch World” Player of the Year
Current NCAA Record Holder in Season RBI’s-128
1995 NCAA Top 5 Record Holder in Career RBI’s-315
Current NCAA Record Holder in Season HR’s-37
1994 NCAA Top 5 Record Holder in Season HR’s-30
1995 NCAA Top 5 Record Holder in Career HR’s-85
University of Arizona Career Leader (Tied) in Homeruns-85
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Runs Scored-202
University of Arizona Top 10 Career Record Holder in Doubles-52
2 Time University of Arizona Top 10 Season Record Holder in Homeruns-37/30
Former College Coach at Loyola Marymount University-California
Head Coach for ASA National Championship 18U Arizona Ally Cats
1996 Women’s Professional Baseball Player, Colorado Silver Bullets
2010-2011 Women’s Baseball National Team member

Laura currently resides is Sahuarita, AZ where she coaches at Emporia High School, owns Simply Softball and coaches the Arizona Thundercats an ASA Softball organization in Tucson. Laura and her husband David have a son David and a daughter, Kristiana.


Scott Whitlock
Infield / Outfield / Specialzied Skill Instructor

2 Time National Championship Head Coach - Kennesaw State University
1995 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year
11 times named Conference Coach of the Year
Has coached 51 All-Americans
28 seasons as a collegiate softball coach
Coached 2 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year recipients
Coached a 2X National Catcher of the Year Award recipient
Member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame
Member of Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame
Member of the “Be the Best You Are” Hall of Fame
Member of the Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame
Contributor to Dr. Stephen Brennan’s book “Six Psychological Factors for Success”
2006 Staff member of the United States National Team that won gold medals at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City and the ISF World Championship in Beijing China
2007 Staff member of United States National Team as they won Both the Canada Cup and World Cup titles
Member of Southwest Softball Camp staff since 1997

Scott is the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Kennesaw State University. He and his wife Susan reside in Marietta, Georgia. They have a daughter (Lacey, 25) and a son (Blake, 17).