Also returning for her third season on the Gaucho coaching staff is Jessica Mendoza.
A standout player at Stanford and a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Mendoza has competed at the highest levels of the sport.
A four-year starter in college, she is currently a member of the U.S. Olympic softball team and will coach around her Team USA schedule. Mendoza will work on hitting and slapping with the team and serve as the outfielders coach, defensively.
After leading the nation with a .475 batting average in 1998, she was a four-time NFCA First Team All-American (1999-2002) at Stanford and was the first player in school history to be named to the first team. She led the Cardinal to its first College World Series in 2001 and was named to the All-Tournament Team that year.
Mendoza went on to win the 2002 Japan Cup Best Batter Award and medaled at the 2002 ISF World Championships. She was also a gold medalist in the 2003 Pan American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and played left field for the United States in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Mendoza was an instrumental part of the U.S. squad that won a third-straight gold medal.
Most recently, Mendoza helped Team USA to a World Cup of Softball Championship in July of 2006.
A native of Camarillo, Calif., she received her Bachelors Degree in American Studies and a Masters in Social Sciences in education while at Stanford. She enjoys surfing, backpacking and snowboarding in her spare time.