Natasha Watley
Short Stop
2004, 2008


Natasha Watley Softball Olympian Team USA 2004, 2008Natasha Watley (born November 27, 1981) is a former collegiate 4-time First Team All-American, left-handed hitting softball player for the UCLA Bruins and USA Softball Women’s National Team originally from Irvine, California. She plays the position of shortstop and first base, and helped the Bruins win a national championship, the gold medal for softball at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the silver for the Beijing Olympics. She owns numerous records for the Bruins and is one of select players to bat at least .400 with 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases.


Monica Abbott interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland


Nataha Watley interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary LelandNatasha Answers My 10 Questions.

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I started playing when I was 5.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. My father, Edwin Watley. He was my first coach turned into my biggest fan!

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. Love having at least an hour or 2 to myself to just relax, eat, and listen to music.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. I love spending time with my family & friends. I love traveling and seeing new places and see how different people live across the world!

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I would soley place all credit to the player I am today to my support system….all who would include would be my Parents and some amazing coaches along the way.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. Not really.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. I have many, and actually still making them. The ones that come to mind first is winning a National Championship in college. Also winning a Gold Medal. Winning a Gold Medal will be something I will rememeber and cherish when I’m 90 years old! Will never forget the feeling I had standing on the podium in front of my Parents and representing my country.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I think an athletes mental state is what separates he goods from the greats!!! Being able to have a short term memory when failure hits is a taught skill and should be something that is practice daily on exactly how you as an individual handle failure. In our sport failure happens far to often so you have to perfect bouncing back fast!!!

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I would be the female version to Donald Trump and own a lot everywhere!

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. Being able to constantly reinvent myself. As an athlete it feel so natural to stick with your strengths and never really evolve. To stay ahead of the trends, it’s so important to constantly evolve & reinvent daily to stay ahead of the curve.


A Few Accomplishments

• Two-time World Cup Champion (2006 & 2007)
• Two-time Pan American Gold medalist (2003 & 2007)
• Two-time World Champion (2002 & 2006)
• Olympic Gold medalist (2004)
• Olympic Silver medalist (2008)

National Team Experience

2008
• Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
– hit .321 in the leadoff position with two home runs and six RBI

2007
• Starting shortstop in all 20 games played during the summer; hit .466 (27-for-58) with a team-tying high two triples and was 6-for-6 in stolen bases
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
Hit .364 (4-for-11) with a team-tying high five runs scored
• World Cup Champion
Led team with nine hits and was second with an average of .529 (9-for-17)
Scored six runs with two triples and a homerun; tied a team high six runs scored

2006
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
Hit .306 (11-for-36) with 12 runs scored and three stolen bases.
• World Cup Champion
Hit .421 (8-for-19) with three triples and six RBI

2005
• Gold medalist at Pan Am qualifier
• Silver medalist at Japan Cup
Hit .250 (4-16) with four stolen bases

2004
• Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
Hit .400 (12-30) with four RBI and five stolen bases; 12 hits tied a team best

2003
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
Hit .292 (7-24) with four RBI and five stolen bases
• Finalist for ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ Award

2002
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships

At UCLA

• Four-time First-team NFCA All American
• Led UCLA to Women’s College World Series title (2003)
• Won the Honda Broderick Cup as the Nation’s Top Collegiate Female Athlete (2003)
• All WCWS Tournament Team (2003)
• Pac-10 Player of the Year (2003)
• Top three finalist for USA Softball National Player of the Year (2002 & 2003)
• First -team All Pac 10 and All- Pacific Region (2002)
• Led Bruins to the NCAA WCWS (2000 & 2002)
• Strung together a 32-game hitting streak, fifth longest run in NCAA history (2001)
• ASA First-team All American with Team Texas in Women’s Major National Championship (2000)
• Graduated in 2005

Other

• Member of the PFX Tour (2007)
• Volunteer Assistant Coach at UCLA (2007)
• Member of the Philadelphia Force in the National Pro Fastpitch League (2006)
• Member of the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut in the NPF (2005)
• Personal website is www. NatashaWatley.com