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Lisa Fernandez Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Aug 10, 2022

LOS ANGELES – UCLA softball legend Lisa Fernandez, who has helped lead the Bruins to five national championships as a player and assistant coach, was promoted to Mark Kalmansohn Associate Head Softball Coach, the program announced Wednesday.
"Lisa Fernandez is an icon in our sport, and she's been a big part of continuing the tradition of excellence of UCLA softball as both a student-athlete and coach," said Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. "She oversees all aspects of the program with her main focus on recruiting. We have had several No. 1 recruiting classes because of her. I am fortunate to have her loyalty to our Bruin family and am thrilled to name her associate head coach."
Fernandez completed her 24th year as a member of UCLA's coaching staff in 2022, with 19 coming as an assistant and five as a volunteer. Fernandez, a three-time Olympic Gold medalist for Team USA, has been honored three times for her role on the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year and seven times as a member of the NFCA Regional CSOY.
"Being elevated to associate head coach further solidifies my presence in the program," Fernandez said. "Having the support of the athletics department to continue to be. Part of the tradition and legacy of UCLA means a lot to me. UCLA is a special place, and I'm looking forward to the future."
Fernandez has led the Bruins to a top five nationally-ranked earned run average in every season since taking over as UCLA's pitching coach in 2019. In the Bruins' 2019 NCAA Championship campaign, Fernandez's staff dominated with a 1.43 earned run average, ranking second in the country.
UCLA's pitchers have thrown six no-hitters and tossed four perfect games since 2019. Last season, three separate Bruins – Megan Faraimo, Holly Azevedo and Lauren Shaw – combined for five no-hitters, the most in a season by UCLA pitchers since 2002.
Azevedo and Faraimo also became the first 20-win Bruin duo in 20 years, with Keira Goerl (32 wins) and Amanda Freed (21 wins) last accomplishing the feat in 2002. Azevedo and Faraimo were one of just two pitching duos in the country to each rack up 20-plus wins.
Among the arms that Fernandez has worked with in UCLA's bullpen are two-time Honda Cup winner Rachel Garcia and two-time NFCA All-American Faraimo. Garcia and Faraimo were also honored as Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year in 2019 and 2022, respectively.
Prior to Garcia, Fernandez in 1993 was the last Bruin to take home the Honda-Broderick Cup, becoming the first softball player to win the prestigious award handed to the most outstanding collegiate female athlete across all sports. Fernandez and Garcia are also the only players to win the Honda Award for Softball three times.
As a player for UCLA from 1990-93, Fernandez struck fear in her opponents with a career 0.22 earned run average, 93-7 record and 784 strikeouts. She tossed 11 career no-hitters, including a pair in the 1993 Women's College World Series, along with two perfect games. She ranks second in UCLA history in ERA and sixth in wins and strikeouts.
Fernandez was inducted into the ASA/USA Softball National Hall of Fame in 2013 and UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.