Heather Tarr (Redmond, Wash./Washington Softball Head Coach) – 2022 Women's National Team Head Coach

Heather Tarr has been selected as the Head Coach for the 2022 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT). Selected by members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), Tarr will lead the Red, White and Blue at the 2022 World Games in addition to various international competitions throughout the year. A historic selection for the USA Softball National Teams program, Tarr will be the sixth female Head Coach at the helm of the WNT following Rosalie Sorenson (1970), Marge Ricker (1982), Carol Spanks (1987), Shirley Topley (1991) and Margie Wright (1998).

Tarr joined the USA Softball program as an Assistant Coach for the WNT and helped guide the 2017 roster to a Gold Medal finish at the Pan American Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Returning to the coaching staff in 2018, Tarr once again had a Gold Medal season with the WNT who stood atop the podium at the WBSC World Championship in Chiba, Japan. In 2019, Tarr served as the Head Coach for a history-making U-19 WNT that earned a Bronze Medal at the USA Softball International Cup, the first for a JWNT program, and a Gold Medal finish at the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup. Most recently, Tarr served as an Assistant Coach for the 2020-21 U.S. Olympic Softball Team, helping Team USA to a silver medal finish at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As a coach, Tarr was named the Head Coach of the Huskies in 2005 and has gone on to become the most winningest coach of any sport in Washington history. In addition to leading the Huskies to a National Championship in 2009 – the program’s first – Tarr has guided 24 All-Americans, including two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie. 

As a player, Tarr was a four-year letter-winner at Washington. A part of Washington’s first team to reach the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), Tarr helped the Huskies earn a runner-up finish in 1996 and a third-place finish in 1997. In her four years, Tarr earned three Pac-12 All-Academic merits and was named First-Team All-Pac-12 three times.