January 14, 2008

Lisa Mize Named Santa Clara Softball Head Coach

Jan. 14, 2008

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Santa Clara recently announced the decision to name former assistant Lisa Mize the new head coach of the softball program. This will be Mize's first turn as a head coach after spending one year as an assistant with the Broncos.

A right-handed pitcher in her playing days, Mize was a member of the Puerto Rican National Team from 1989-96 and competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Collegiately, Mize played for softball power Fresno State in 1993, where she led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Regional Finals. Prior to Fresno State, she played at Colorado State University (1992) and at Chabot College (1990-1991). In 1991, Mize was honored as the California State Pitcher of the Year and helped her squad to the California JUCO Finals.

Mize's coaching experience began with a three-year stint at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., where she assisted with the softball program as a volunteer assistant coach from 1993-96.

Outside of the collegiate ranks, Mize has been the owner and operator of the Lisa Mize Fastpitch Academy in Los Gatos, Calif. since 2001, where she develops specific curriculums in order to enhance a student's specified talents in softball. She also provides guidance and insight in a goal-oriented environment for college-bound athletes. In addition, Mize owned the Olympian School of Softball from 1993-2001, where she gave private pitching & hitting instruction to student athletes on a weekly basis.

"I'm honored that Santa Clara has taken notice of me and allowed me the opportunity to be the head coach," said Mize. "I'm excited for the challenge of turning the program around and making this a program that has a name for itself."

The team that Mize inherits is young, only five seniors and sixteen underclassmen, but it is a team that Mize says is very talented and up to the challenge. "We're going to work on going back to the basics and getting things right," said Mize. "We're going to be positive and we want the players to have an enjoyable experience, but at the same time we want to be competitive and we're going to hold the team to a high standard."

"We are pleased to have someone with Lisa's expertise in the game of softball taking over our program," said Santa Clara Athletic Director, Dan Coonan. "Her experience as an Olympian and her passion for working with and teaching young people make her a natural for this role."

Mize succeeds Steve Rianda as the head coach. Rianda went 36-81 in his two years at Santa Clara.