Legendary shortstop-turned-outfielder Natasha Watley will be inducted into the UCLA Bruins Athletics Hall of Fame, as announced by the school last week.
Watley, an Olympic gold medalist and multi-time NPF champion, is the 12th Bruin to be inducted into the HOF as a representative of the softball program. She's part of a seven-member class being inducted this year; the ceremony is by invitation-only and will be held on October 10th.
Watley's playing career at UCLA spanned from 2000-2003. She led the Bruins to a national championship in her senior season, a year in which she also took home the Honda Award and the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation's best female collegiate athlete.
A four-time first-team All-American, Watley still holds school records in several categories, including stolen bases, hits, and runs scored.
The winner of two Olympic medals, a gold and a silver in 2004 and 2008, respectively, Watley was one of the many long-time Team USA stars who made the decision in 2011 to concentrate solely on growing the game at the professional level and leave Team USA behind.
After serving as a Volunteer Assistant for the Bruins from 2006-2010, Watley now serves as the Director of Ops for the Cal State Northridge program under fellow former Olympian Tairia Flowers.