Dec. 8, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball program has hired Jessica Mendoza as a second assistant coach, it was announced Thursday.
Mendoza, who is currently competing for the U.S. Olympic softball team, was a key member of the squad that won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She joins head coach Kristy Schroeder and assistant coach Brie Galicinao on the Gauchos' staff.
"It's great to have someone with so much international experience joining our staff," Schroeder said. "Jessica will be a tremendous addition and help the growth of our program immensely."
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.
The four-year starter at Stanford 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.
The Camarillo, Calif., native will serve as a part-time assistant coach working around her Team USA schedule. She comes to UCSB having competed at the highest levels of the sport and will work on hitting and slapping with the team and serve as the outfielders coach, defensively.