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Jessica Mendoza Biography

Two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza is an outfielder for the USSSA Florida Pride, the 2010 champions of National Pro Fastpitch, the only professional women’s softball league in the United States.

Past president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Mendoza also is an ESPN color analyst during the college football season and the Women’s College World Series.

She made her first Olympic appearance with the U.S. women’s softball team in 2004, when the team brought home a gold medal from Athens. She again played in the Beijing Summer Olympic Games in 2008, helping the United States to win a silver medal.

A native of Camarillo, Calif., Mendoza was a standout collegiate player at Stanford University. Named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in her sophomore season, she won first-team All-Pac-10 accolades for four consecutive years and led the Cardinals to their first Women's College World Series appearance in her junior year. 

Other career highlights:

  • 2003 — Won a gold medal with the U.S. women’s softball team at the Pan American Games.
  • 2005 — Captured the International Sports Invitational Championship as a member of the U.S. women's softball team; joined National Pro Fastpitch's Arizona Heat, making the all-star team.
  • 2006 — Led the United States to its first gold medal at the World Cup of Softball; helped her team win the International Softball Federation World Championship title; received the USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year award; was inducted into the International Latin Sports Hall of Fame.
  • 2007 — Propelled the undefeated U.S. women’s team to its sixth consecutive gold medal in the Pan American Games; helped the team win the Canada Cup and was named a Canada Cup all-star.
  • 2008 — Accepted the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award.
  • 2010 — Joined the USSSA Florida Pride professional softball team.

Today, Mendoza is an athletic ambassador for Team Darfur, an international association of athletes that aims to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan. A board member of the National Education Association Foundation, she is featured in the Women's Sports Foundation's GoGirlGo! educational curriculum. She is married and has a young son, Caleb.