Jessica Ofelia Mendoza (born November 11, 1980) is a collegiate 4-time First Team All-American softball player and sportscaster from Camarillo, California. She played at Stanford University from 1999-2002, and was a member of the United States women’s national softball team from 2004-2010. Mendoza played outfield and owns numerous Cardinal records.
Jessica Mendoza interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
Jessica Mendoza Answers My 10 Questions. Written by Gary Leland
How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old. I started playing softball when I was 8.
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. My father, Gil Mendoza. He is a baseball and football coach, and of course has always been my coach. We have had our battles, but at the end of the day. I would never want anyone else teaching me the game and how to be a role model.
Q. How do you get ready for a game?
A. Eating is mandatory. Good meal that is healthier, but also has enough calories to last me through pregame and the game itself.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. I love spending time with my family, whether it is my husband Adam, my son, my parents, my sisters, my brother, cousins, you name it. I love family. I also love to travel, snowboard, backpack/hike, and work out (yes I like working out).
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. Humility and insecurity. Ironically, my insecurities as a player (not thinking I am good enough, so I have to work harder) have made me more secure as a person (more confident, sure about who I am and the decisions I make)
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. So many memories. Winning a gold medal at the Olympic games is going to trump any moment though. Absolutely incredible feeling… Pride for your country plus pride for the hard work, teammates and everything you have done in the sport up until that moment.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. Complete value. It is what changes you from decent to outstanding when you can understand and strengthen your mental game. There are a million drills and countless hours spent on the physical aspects of softball, take time every week to analyze how you handle failure, ways you can learn from your at bats, understanding what your strengths/weaknesses are as a player without someone telling you
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. Professional snowboarder. They have the coolest lifestyle, the best sponsors and they travel from beautiful mountain to beautiful resorts all over the world.
Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. Handling myself as my own worst enemy. Not being so hard on myself that I lose confidence in my abilities and literally take the talent right out of my game. I have had to play my absolute worst softball against even lousy competition to realize how much I needed to gain perspective and develop myself into a stronger, more confident, mental player.
A Few Accomplishments
• Two-time Pan American Gold Medalist (2003 & 2007)
• Two-time World Cup Champion (2006 & 2007)
• Two-time World Champion (2002 & 2006)
• Olympic Gold Medalist (2004)
• Olympic Silver Medalist (2008)
National Team Experience
• Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
• Hit .417 (25-for-60) during the three event summer with 20 starts
• Tallied 17 RBI with three homeruns, two triples and a team high four doubles, scoring a team-high 23 runs
• Named to the Canada Cup All Star team
Hit .533 (16-for-30) with 10 RBI, three homeruns, a triple, double and a team-tying high 12 runs
• Named as the USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year
• World Cup Champion
Hit 11-for-18 (.611) with a double, three homeruns, and 16 RBI
• Gold Medalist at ISF World Championships
Hit 16-for-32 (.500) with five homeruns, 16 RBI and a slugging percentage of .969
• Member of the PFX Professional Tour
• Gold medalist at Pan Am qualifier
• Silver medalist at World Cup
• Silver medalist at Japan Cup
• Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
Hit 5-for-20 (.250) with five runs and five RBI
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
Hit .313 (10-32) with eight runs and seven RBI
• Gold medalist at U.S. Cup
• Four-time NFCA First-team All American
• Led Stanford to first NCAA Women’s College World Series appearance (2001)
• Four-time All Pac-10 first team
• Four-time All-Pacific Region
• Three-time Stanford Athlete of the Year (1999, 2000 & 2001)
• 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year
• 1999 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year
• Graduated in 2002
• Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences and Education in 2003
• President of the Womens Sports Foundation (2009)
• Member of PFX Professional Tour
• 2005 Member of the Arizona Heat of the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF)
• Named to NPF All-Star team
• Board Member, National Education Association Foundation
• Board Member, Women’s Sports Foundation