Originally Published: August 30, 2018 12:22 a.m.
PRESCOTT — The Yavapai College Athletic Department on Aug. 25 honored revered former Roughriders softball coach Stacy Iveson for her May induction into the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
At a reception on the Prescott campus, with Iveson’s husband, Tom, and their son, J.T., alongside, Athletic Director Brad Clifford congratulated Iveson, who received a plaque from the conference and became the fifth ACCAC Hall of Fame inductee from Yavapai College.
Iveson coached at Pima Community College in Tucson in addition to Yavapai, earning her the requisite votes for entry into the conference’s hall.
She coached the Roughriders’ program for four seasons, from when it was revived from dormancy in 2008 through 2011. Yavapai qualified for the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in her first season as coach, as she guided the Roughriders to their first region title.
Only a year later, in 2009, Iveson led the team to back-to-back region crowns and the program’s first NJCAA Division I National Championship.
In 2010, the Roughriders won their third consecutive region title, reaching the national semifinals. Then, in her final season in the Yavapai dugout in 2011, Iveson steered the Roughriders to their second national championship.
Iveson and her assistant coaches garnered NJCAA Coaching Staff of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011. She won more than 500 games and four national championships in the Arizona junior college ranks, Clifford said, tallying a 213-44 overall record.
After Yavapai won the 2011 championship, the University of Arizona, Iveson’s alma mater, hired her as an assistant softball coach under legendary coach Mike Candrea. She currently serves as the U of A program’s director of recruiting and operations.
In a previous stint at Arizona, from 1995-2001, Iveson spent seven seasons as an assistant coach. The Wildcats captured NCAA Championships in 1996, 1997 and 2001. She tutored the catchers and pitchers, which included stars Becky Lemke and Jennie Finch.
From 2002-2007, Iveson coached Pima C.C., which won NJCAA Division I national titles in 2004 and 2006.
Former Yavapai College Athletic Director Bob Bockrath, who hired Iveson, said in a statement, “She worked tirelessly and energetically to get the program going, and the results far exceeded anyone’s (except hers) expectations.”
Bockrath added, “In my professional career, I have hired or been involved in the hiring of many coaches. None were better than Stacy Iveson.”
Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.
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