Andrea Duran (born April 12, 1984) is from Selma, California. She won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She played college softball at the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated in 2006. On the Olympic team she played third base and outfield, and she bats and throws right-handed. Her international competition debut was with the United States women’s national softball team in 2006 where they went on to win a gold medal at the 2006 ISF World Championship. For 2010 she will return to UCLA to assume a position as director of operations with the coaching staff for the UCLA Softball Team.
Andrea Duran interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
Andrea Answers My 10 Questions.
Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. I think around 9 or 10.
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. I think my parents because they supported me the whole way, and made a lot of sacrifices in order to help me reach my goals. They also taught me to work hard. My first coach Phil Vargas because he taught me how to hit and how to have fun while playing. Gary Hanning, my bat buster coach because he tested us physically and emotionally and got us ready for college. Last but not least my UCLA coaching staff because they taught me life lessons as well as softball lessons. They taught me how to be mentally tough, confident, and how to deal with failure.
Q. How do you get ready for a game?
A. I don’t really have a set routine I just try to keep myself even keeled because I tend to get too excited and anxious. I do a lot of visualizing. I visualize possible plays at third and getting hits off the pitchers.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. I love to travel I try to go a new place every year. I also really love to read. Hanging with family and friends is always a must too.
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. I think my hard work. In college I would come early and stay late. After college when I didn’t have that regiment I had to learn to find a routine that worked for me since it is hard to get all the reps you are used to as a college athlete. I think my game went to the next level when I worked on my mental game. I never really knew about this side of softball until college. I think once I learned how to deal with failure, have fun, and not be so hard on myself I really noticed an improvement. Of course I’m not perfect but I am way better than I was.
Q. Do you have any routines or superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. No not really I visualize on the foul line during the national anthem but that’s about it. I think when we get into playoffs and championships then superstitions come more into play.
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. The Olympics, and winning two National Championships, and two NPF Championships. I think all the fun I have had with all my teammates. At the end of the day you forget the games, and just remember the fun stuff you did with your teammates.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. I value it a lot like I said above I think my game improved when I focused on that. My advice would be don’t focus on result just focus on the process eventually your hard work will pay off that should give you confidence. All focus on the positive learn from your mistakes and have fun! No one is perfect especially in softball.
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. I think I would want to be a physical therapist because I feel like it would be very rewarding. I think it would also be cool to have some kind of profession where I could travel like Samantha browns passport to Europe lol.
Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. I think my mental game, and I am really hard on myself. I think I get in my own way sometimes. I am so much better now, but there is always room for improvement.
A Few Accomplishments
• Two-time World Cup Champion (2006 & 2007)
• Pan American Gold medalist (2007)
• World Champion (2006)
• Olympic Silver medalist (2008)
National Team Experience
• Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
Second on the team with a .500 (5-for-10) average at the Pan American games with a team-high 8 RBI; half of her RBI came off her first grand slam of her National Team career
• World Cup Champion – first appearance with National team
Hit .333 (6-for-18) with one double and two homeruns for five RBI
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
Hit .267 (8-for-30) with a double and homerun for seven RBI and five runs scored
• Member of USA Schutt Elite Team at Canada Cup and Champions Cup
• Gold medalist at 1st World University Softball Championships
Led team with a .400 batting average
• Silver medalist at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship
• Two-time National Champion (2003 & 2004)
• Named to 2006 All-Women’s College World Series Team
• 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year
• One of four finalists for the 2006 Honda Sports Award for softball
• 2005 First-team All Pac-10, First-team District 8
• ESPN: The Magazine Academic All-America
• 2004 NCAA Regional All Tournament team
• 2004 Pac 10 Academic Honors
• Graduated in 2006
• 2002 Graduate of Selma High School in Selma, Calif.
• Member of PFX Tour in 2007