After 27 years as the
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 championship, while becoming the second all-time winningest softball program in Division I history.
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, 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
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.
"There is never a good time to do this [retire]," said Wright, who will lead the 'Dogs into the Western Athletic Conference Championship this week. "I love my team and we are going to give the rest of our season everything we have, but it is time.
"I would like to thank
A pioneer and legend among Division I softball coaches, Fresno State Athletics will celebrate Wright's accomplishments and iconic career on June 10 at , in Bulldog Diamond.
Watney was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 2007.