USD Softball 2004



MELISSA McELVAIN, Head Coach 3rd Season Melissa McElvain enters her third year as USD's Head Softball Coach. In 2003 the Toreros joined the Pacific Coast Softball Conference with LMU, Saint Mary 's, Santa Clara, CS Sacramento and Portland State. Her second season was highlighted by their 7-3 win over 20th-ranked Oregon State, as well as back-to-back wins at the SDSU Tourney. The 2002 season was highlighted by the team 's upset of 10th-ranked Cal State Fullerton. Twelve Toreros were named to the Western Intercollegiate All-Academic Squad, and two Toreros earned All-WISL Tourney hon– ors. A 1999 graduate of Oklahoma State, she earned All-Big XII honors while playing catcher and second base. McElvain (Turley) led the Cowgirls to three post-season appearances and a third place finish in the 1998 Women 's College World Series. While at Oklahoma State, she earned All-Big XII academic honors wh ile attain- , ing a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing. Additionally, she earned the OSU Commu- • nity Service Contribution Award ( 1997-98); the NCAA Leadership Award ( 1998); and was a four-year SAAC Representative, including being the SAAC President her senior campaign. McElvain gained international experience while playing for the California Hurricanes in 1996. She travelled to Vancouver, Canada to compete versus Olympic teams such as Canada, Cuba, Italy and China. No stranger to USD, prior to her appointment as softball coach she was Assistant Sports Infor– . . ' mation Director for a year-and-a-half. A native San

Diegan, McElvain attended nearby Patrick Henry HS . Melissa and her husband Ryan reside in Mira Mesa. USO Torero Coaching Staff (1-r): Asst. Bruce Adams Coach Melissa McElvain Asst. Amy Lopez Asst. Jennifer Bridges

Bruce Adams, I'' assistant, begins hi s first full season on the Torero staff after begining as a volunteer coach mid-way through the 2003 campaign. Adams brings an elite level of playing experience and a wealth of knowledge to the USD softball program. Hi s main responsibilities will be with the outfielders and hitters. Bruce comes to USD after spending two years at Mt. San Jacinto College. Prior to MSJC, Bruce tallied three years at South Western College, one year at San Diego State and nine years at his alma mater, Madison High School. A distinguished player as well , he played for the Vista Bombers Fastpitch club ASA Runner-up National Champions in 1991 , plus two ISC world tournament appearances in 1992-93. He later joined the Long Beach Painters in 1996 and experienced softball Nirvana, playing against the top teams in the country with the best players in the world. Long Beach folded in 1999 and Bruce spent recent summers playing in Arizona and San Luis Obispo where he added 5 more World Tournament Appearances. Bruce grew up in San Diego where he attended Madison High School , a golfer he played at Pt Loma Nazarene and San Diego State. Bruce, who is sing le, resides in Clairemont. Amy Lopez begins her second season on the USO staff as the pitching coach. No stranger to USO, she was a two-year performer on the USD softball team for the 2000 and 1999 campaigns. She played her first two years at Oklahoma State where she was a teammate ofTorero head coach Melissa McElvain. In her two years at USD, Amy won 35 games and collected 9 saves while compiling a 1.43 ERA in 450 innings of work. She also pitched 53 complete games, including 32 in 1999. Including her two seasons at Oklahoma State, Amy won 57 career co llegiate games. A native San Diegan, Amy prepped at nearby Helix High School. At Helix she was a three-time MVP and two– time team captain. She also earned Grossmont Player of the Year and East County Player of the Year honors. Amy and her husband , Lance, reside in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Jennifer Bridges begins her first season on the USD staff. No stranger to USD, Jennifer played for the softball program and currently works at USD as an Executive Assistant. A 200 I USD graduate, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, along with a minor in Business Admini stration. While playing for the Torero softball program Jennifer played catcher, third base and first base. She recently earned hi s Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. Her coaching experience includes assisting the softball programs at the University of San Diego High School and Whittier Co ll ege. She is from Downey, California in the Los Angeles County area.

Bruce Adams

Amy Lopez

Jennifer Bridges

2004 University of San Diego Torero Softball

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