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Lisa Fernandez  

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist & UCLA Softball Assistant Coach

Lisa Maria Fernandez is an American softball coach and former pitcher who is currently an assistant coach at UCLA. Fernandez established an Olympic record in softball with 21 strikeouts in a game and was as a member of the United States Women's team.

Upon graduating from high school, she was accepted to UCLA, where she played softball and earned a degree in psychology. Fernandez played at UCLA from 1990 to 1993. She was a three-time winner of the sport's Honda Award, Fernandez became the first softball player to win the Honda-Broderick Cup in 1993, given to the outstanding collegiate female athlete in all sports. A four-time, first-team All-American, Fernandez led UCLA to two national championships (1990 & 1992) and two runner-up finishes (1991 & 1993).

On April 24, 2001, the Lakewood City Council recognized Fernandez as one of the most remarkable athletes ever to come from the playgrounds and ball diamonds of Lakewood. The city council named the ball field at Mayfair Park in her honor, as the Lakewood Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year.

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