Lisa Fernandez


Name: Lisa Fernandez

Date of Birth: born February 22, 1971 (age 43)

Place of Birth: Long Beach, California

Height: 5 ft. 6 in.

Sport: Softball

Playing Position: Pitcher

Years Played: 1990-2004


  • 1991, gold medal at the Pan American Games
  • 1994, gold medals at ISF World Championships and Pan Am Qualifier
  • 1991 and 1992, Sportswoman of the Year Award
  • Led UCLA to two NCAA Women's College World Series Titles
  • Four-time NFCA First Team All-American
  • NCAA Top VI Award presented to the top six senior student athletes in all divisions
  • 1993, Honda-Broderick Cup winner, country's most outstanding collegiate female athlete
  • 1991-93, Three-time Honda Award winner for softball presented to the nation's best softball player
  • 1996, Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Olympics celebrated in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1998, gold medal at Pan American Games
  • 2000, Olympic gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics celebrated in Australia where she established a 25 strikeout record in women's softball
  • 2002, gold medal at the ISF World Championships
  • 2003, gold medal at the Pan American Games
  • 2004, Olympic gold medal in the 2004 Athens 2004 Athens Olympics celebrated in Greece.

Information about Parents: Her father immigrated from Cuba, where he played baseball. In New York, he met and married, a young girl from Puerto Rico who was destined to become Fernandez's mother. Fernandez's mother played, with her brother (Lisa's uncle) stickball, a street game similar to baseball played with a broom stick and a rubber ball. Fernandez began playing softball at the age of eight. When she was twelve, she played in a local children's league. She tried out as a pitcher, however her coach told her that she would never make it because she didn't have the right size and build. In 1986, Fernandez and her family moved to Lakewood, California where she attended St. Joseph High School. She joined her school's girls' softball team and together with her teammates won the CIF Championship.

Personal Info: Lisa Fernandez went to UCLA to play softball and earn a degree in psychology  

What she has done for the Community and doing now: Fernandez is currently an assistant coach for the women's softball team at UCLA

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