OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oregon State softball head coach Laura Berg, a four-time Olympic medalist, will be back with the Red, White and Blue this summer as an assistant coach for the Women’s National Team the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball announced today. Berg, who recently completed her second season as Oregon State head coach, will join head coach Ken Eriksen (South Florida Head Coach) and assistants Howard Dobson (LSU Assistant Coach) and Lisa Dodd (UNLV Head Coach) on the National Team staff for the 2014 season.
Berg, who joined the national team in 1994 as a center fielder, is the most decorated USA Softball Olympic athlete in history, helping her nation to three golds (1996 - Atlanta, 2000 - Sydney, 2004 - Athens) and one silver (2008 - Beijing). She has won 11 total medals, 10 gold, while competing for the U.S. in the Olympic Games, the ISF Women’s World Championship and the Pan American Games.
As a player for Fresno State in the mid-1990s, Berg was a four-time All-American whose collegiate career was highlighted by an NCAA Championship in 1998. She led her squad to three Women's College World Series appearances, two Western Athletic Conference crowns and helped Fresno State to a 206-60 (.774) record in her four-year career.
Her name is scattered throughout the NCAA, WAC and Fresno State record books in a number of offensive categories. She is second all-time in career hits in NCAA history (396), is 12th in runs (245) and her 25 career triples tie her for 23rd. Berg finished her career with a .414 batting average and by the time her senior season ended in 1998, she ranked first in school history in triples, runs, hits and stolen bases, while also finishing as the WAC's career leader in triples, runs, hits, at bats, games played and total bases. She is the only Fresno State player to amass 300 or more career hits and also posted a 160-game defensive errorless streak in the field.
Twenty-Six athletes have accepted invitations to the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp scheduled for June 8-19. These athletes will compete in a series of practices and exhibition games in hopes of making the final 17-player roster that will compete for Team USA throughout the summer. The final roster will be announced on www.USASoftball.com on June 22.
In preparation for the ISF Women’s World Championships, August 15-24, 2014 in Haarlem, Netherlands, the 2014 Women’s National Team will compete in a series of exhibition games as well as three tournaments that include the World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif. July 7-13, the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada July 15-21 and Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy August 6-10