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Former Arizona star added to Deifel's coaching staff
Arizona infielder Reyna Carranco (5) against Arkansas during an NCAA softball game on Friday, May 28, 2021, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods).
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas softball coach Courtney Deifel announced Thursday the addition of Reyna Carranco to the Razorbacks’ softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Carranco played five seasons from 2017-21 at Arizona, where she earned All-Pac-12 and All-America honors. She posted a career .353 batting average with 238 hits and 108 RBI.
She played under legendary coach Mike Candrea, whose 1,674 victories rank second all-time in NCAA Division I.
“We’re so excited about this addition to our staff,” Deifel said. “Reyna will bring a fresh perspective, and I’m looking forward to adding her energy into the mix. Her playing experience speaks for itself having played for the University of Arizona and its championship tradition.”
Bogle Park is familiar territory for Carranco. In her final season with the Wildcats in 2021, her team swept Arkansas in the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional.
At 24, she is the youngest member of the Razorbacks’ four-coach staff. Arkansas was named the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year after compiling the best season in school history. Deifel was awarded SEC Coach of the Year for a second consecutive year in 2022.
“Reyna is a proven winner and competitor, and I cannot wait to welcome her insight into our coaching room,” Deifel said. “She will elevate our program in every possible way.”
Arkansas finished the 2022 season ranked No. 8 by D1Softball after winning both the SEC regular season and tournament championships with a program-record 48 victories. The Razorbacks won a super regional game for the first time in program history but lost the final two games against Texas to finish one game shy of the Women’s College World Series.
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