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Former Yavapai College softball coach Iveson to mentor Team Israel
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Former Yavapai College softball coach Stacy Iveson, shown here coaching the Roughriders in 2011, was named head coach of Team Israel on Dec. 13, 2018. Currently the director of recruiting-operations for University of Arizona’s softball team in Tucson, Iveson hopes to lead Team Israel to a berth in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. (Courier file)

Former Yavapai College softball coach Stacy Iveson, shown here coaching the Roughriders in 2011, was named head coach of Team Israel on Dec. 13, 2018. Currently the director of recruiting-operations for University of Arizona’s softball team in Tucson, Iveson hopes to lead Team Israel to a berth in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. (Courier file)

TUCSON — The Israel Softball Association on Thursday, Dec. 13, named former Yavapai College coach Stacy Iveson as head coach of Team Israel in its pursuit of a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Iveson, currently the University of Arizona softball program’s director of recruiting-operations, will lead an all-Arizona alumnae coaching staff that also includes one-time Wildcats standouts Debby Day and Lisa Bernstein.

“I am honored to be able to be a part of Israel Softball,” Iveson said in a UofA athletics news release. “To be able to grow the sport globally and to help bring a passion for the game to young players around the world is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Iveson, who played softball for UofA from 1986-89, has extensive coaching experience, including two stints as an assistant coach at Arizona under legendary coach Mike Candrea for 13 seasons. In NJCAA Division I, she mentored Tucson-based Pima Community College to two national titles (2004 and 2006) and Yavapai College to a pair of national championships (2009 and 2011).

Iveson also served as an assistant coach for USA Softball’s national team for six seasons.

Day, head coach at Cal Lutheran University for the past 16 seasons, was a two-time All-American during her two seasons at Arizona (1991 and 1992), helping lead the Wildcats to the program’s first national championship in 1991. She was inducted into the Arizona Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.

Bernstein, who coached at the University of Minnesota (1991-2010) and as an assistant at Arizona (1986-1991), was a two-time all-conference player at Arizona, where she played from 1982 to 1986. She currently works as camp director for Candrea’s Camps.

On Dec. 13, Team Israel also announced the first half of its roster, which includes current Wildcats Vanessa Foreman, a left-handed pitcher from Lakewood, California, and Tamara Statman, a pitcher/designated player from Scottsdale. To compete for Team Israel, the players were required to have at least one Jewish parent or grandparent and travel to Israel to receive dual citizenship.

Team Israel will play at the European Championships during the summer of 2019 in hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. Israel has not qualified for the Olympics since 1968.

The University of Arizona Athletics website provided information for this story.

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.

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