Wednesday, May 30, 2012
40 greatest female athletes: Lisa Fernandez
Lisa Fernandez is now in her 14th season as an assistant coach at UCLA.
ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.
Softball player Lisa Fernandez certainly posted some impressive numbers: Three Olympic gold medals with Team USA, two national championships at UCLA, a 93-7 college record that included 74 shutouts and 11 no-hitters and three national player of the year awards.
But what's even more impressive is how the No. 18 player in ESPN's countdown did it.
"There was no player who worked harder than Lisa Fernandez," says Sue Enquist, her former coach at UCLA. "She will be the first one to tell you she wasn't granted huge gifts. But she had will and work ethic and stamina -- and a mental toughness unlike any I've ever seen in another player."