Gillian D. Boxx (born September 1, 1973, in Fontana, California) won an Olympic gold medal as a catcher on the United States women’s national softball team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Boxx played collegiate softball at the University of California at Berkeley from 1992 to 1995, where she was a first-team All-America selection in 1993 and 1995, and set seven school records.
She is also the older sister of Olympic soccer star Shannon Boxx.
In addition to Gillian being a Gold Medalist in 1996, she played on four other USA National Teams from 1994-1998 garnering three gold medals and one silver medal. Her international play representing the United States took her far and wide to such events as the Women’s World Fast Pitch Championship in Newfoundland (1994), the South Pacific Classic in New Zealand (1998), the Pan-American Qualifier in Guatemala (1994) and the Super Ball Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia (1997).
Ms. Boxx played in the Olympic Festivals from 1993-1995 where she was selected to play on the 1996 Team USA Olympic Team. Gillian’s team won the Bronze Medal in 1993 while gaining the Silver Medal in 1995. Gillian was a member of six A.S.A. National Champions from 1987-1997. She received national championship honors on 15-under, 16-under, 18-under, and Major divisions playing for the Batbusters and the California Commotion softball teams. Her national honors included being selected as First Team All-American at the 1997 Women’s Major National Tournament! In 1996 she was selected as the recipient of the Erv Lind award honoring the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the Women’s Major National Tournament!
The college career that Gillian had at U.C. Berkeley was absolutely phenomenal! Gillian Boxx was a four-time All-Pac-10 Player (first team from 1993-95) and a four-time college All-American (first team in 1993 & 1995). In 2005 Gillian received the high honor of being inducted into the University of California Athletic Hall of Fame ! She entered the Hall of fame as Cal ’s career record-holder in runs scored (156) and hits (274), as well as the single-season record-holder in runs (56 in 1995), hits (90 in 1995) and batting average (.466 in 1995). She was a member of the 1992 team that finished fifth at the College World Series, and played on NCAA Regional entries in 1993, 1994 and 1995! For her extraordinary 1995 season Gillian was a Honda Sports Award finalist and was selected by the Daily Californian as the Cal Berkeley Athlete of the Year!
Gillian has taken her extraordinary experience as a world class softball player and turned that into coach and mentor. In 1996 Gillian became an assistant softball coach at the University Of Notre Dame! In 1997 Gillian went back to her alma mater, and assisted for the California Golden Bears!