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Jo Ann Arrietta

Better known as Joey, Arrietta assumed control of The University of Akron softball program in its second year of varsity status in 1978. She then took the UA from slow pitch to fast pitch softball in two years. One of Arrietta’s mottos was, “It’s important to believe you can be all that you dream, and I’m a dreamer.” Without a doubt, Arrieta fulfilled her dream of building a winning a winning Lady Zip softball program. Arrietta-coached teams accumulated a record of 359 wins, 135 losses and 4 ties for a .725 winning percentage during her 12-year tenure at UA. That makes Arrietta the winningest coach in UA women’s sports. During her unparalleled coaching career, Arrietta directed the Lady Zips to six post-season regional tournament appearances and to the NCAA II runner-up spots in both 1984 and 1985. Her players captured 48 of 54 games in 1984 and won a record-breaking 51 of 61 contests in ’85. Ten of Arrietta’s players were voted All-American honors 15 times. Joey was honored twice as Ohio Softball Coach of the Year in 1982 and ’83, and was extended Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1984 and 1985.

Inducted 1996 | Coach