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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Throughout the upcoming weeks, the NFCA will be revealing its programming for the 2020 Virtual Convention (Dec. 9-11) on and its social media platforms.

The first reveal showcases two NFCA Hall of Famers that need no introduction. Arizona’s Mike Candrea (No. 1 in NCAA and Division I wins) and Michigan’s Carol Hutchins (No. 2 in NCAA and Division I wins) have a combined 3,448 victories and 172 NFCA All-Americans. 

The duo will headline the educational portion of the Convention with a one-in-a-lifetime presentation on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 10).

Registration, presented by Traveling TeamsTraveling Teams, for the 2020 NFCA Virtual Convention is currently open. Early-bird registration is $199 for members and $299 for non-members. Attendees will have access to the on-demand content for 30 days following the Convention. Additionally, members can select a $20 upgrade ($219 total) for lifetime access to the on-demand content. Sign up by Nov. 16 to secure the early-bird rate (rates will increase afterward).

Online Registration | Registration FormRegistration Form (PDF)

Register by Sept. 30 and you will be eligible for a chance to win a FREE registration for the 2021 NFCA Convention in Las Vegas. Additionally, registered attendees will be in the running for other fantastic prizes through Nov. 16: $100 Amazon Gift Card, Apple AirPods, set of golf clubs and an on-field equipment package ($350 value).

NFCA Members:  Have you experienced a furlough or layoff during the pandemic?  If so, we want to help.  The NFCA is committed to supporting its members through this pandemic. We understand that the impact of COVID-19 is widespread and far-reaching. Please contact our membership team at or (502) 409-4600 for special discounted Virtual Convention pricing for those members who have been furloughed or experienced a layoff.

Candrea has guided the Wildcats to eight national titles (most by a single coach in NCAA history) and a 1,633-421-2 record in 33 years of coaching at Arizona. If you add his 184 victories and two NJCAA national championships at Central Arizona College, Candrea has amassed 1,817 triumphs and raised the title trophy 10 times.

Hutchins enters her 37th season in Ann Arbor and 38th overall as a head coach. The 17-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has guided the Wolverines to 1,608 wins and a 2005 national championship, the first for a program east of the Mississippi River. Along with a season at Ferris State (NCAA DII), Hutchins’ squads have collected 1,631 victories.

Head-to-head, Candrea’s Wildcats hold a slight lead over Hutchins’ Wolverines, 10-8. Arizona won the first-ever matchup, 1-0, in 1986, Candrea’s rookie year and Hutchins’ second. The squads have only matched up once in postseason play with UA sweeping UM during a 1992 NCAA Regional in Tucson. 

Check back every Tuesday for a new NFCA Virtual Convention announcement.

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