DURHAM, N.C. – Duke assistant coach Amanda Chidester has been named to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team. The team will compete at the World Cup of Softball XII in July in Oklahoma City, Okla., and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation World Championship Qualifier.
Chidester has been a member of the USA Softball Women’s National since 2012. This past July, she helped the United States capture the gold medal at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, by batting .591 with a team-high seven home runs along with 18 RBI and 11 runs scored.
A four-year starter at the University of Michigan, Chidester was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year pick in 2011 and 2012 and a two-time NFCA All-America honoree. On the Wolverines’ career charts, Chidester completed her career ranked second in RBI (200), second in grand slams (5), fourth in slugging percentage (.596), fifth in home runs (40), ninth in hits (248) and 10th in runs scored (157).
“It is very obvious that the future talent pool of USA Softball players is very deep," said head coach Ken Eriksen. "The high level of play and skill assessment displayed at the 2017 National Team trials, not only by the former players but also by the first time trial attendees, was fantastic.
“After coming off the 2016 WBSC World Championship Gold Medal success, it is important for our program to keep moving forward,” Eriksen continued. “The ‘prize fight’ mentality of all the players came out in the competition with the roster spots filled by those that excelled through the trials with their skill sets, their productive play at this event, their productive play through past history, and lastly by character assessment. These factors make up a winning unit. We will continue to assess those that were here that did not make the team. For those who made the roster, the evidence of how close it was should be a motivating factor to continue to strive to be better physically and mentally as we race towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
The U.S. will look to qualify for the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship to be held in Chiba, Japan and the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru.
The complete 2017 schedule for the WNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.