Area girls’ softball players will have a rare opportunity this weekend to learn from one of the best.
Leah O’Brien-Amico, a much-decorated softball athlete, is scheduled to hold a free softball clinic this Sunday at the Logan Softball Complex.
O’Brien-Amico is a three-time United States Olympic Gold Medalist, a three-time National Champion at the University of Arizona, a three-time All-American, a two-time World Champion and a two-time Pan-American Games Champion.
She is currently an ESPN college softball commentator.
O’Brien-Amico’s softball clinic will be held from 10-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. at the Logan softball fields. The first clinic will focus on hitting and offense while the second instructional period will be primarily on pitching and defensive skills.
Registration will be from 9-10 a.m. on Sunday.
For more information on the clinic call Leslie Noe at 304-784-73-02 or 304-784-0510.
Leah O’Brien-Amico, a first baseman and outfielder, was a Gold Medalist for Team USA at the 1996 Atlanta Games, the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics and the 2004 Athens Games in Greece. Softball is no longer a sanctioned Olympic sport by the IOC.
During the Athens Olympics in Greece, O’Brien-Amico was the only collegiate athlete selected to the roster. She hit .300 in seven game appearances.
At the 2000 Summer Games in Australia, O’Brien-Amico batted .250 and had a single in the Americans’ 5-1 victory over Australia in the Gold Medal Game.
During the “Aiming For Athens” Tour by Team USA, O’Brien-Amico hit .386 with 43 RBI, five home runs and nine doubles.
In 2002, O’Brien-Amico was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame. She now lives in California with her husband Tommy and three children. She currently works in the ministry and occasionally offers color commentary for ESPN during college softball broadcasts.
O’Brien-Amico, a native of Garden Grove, Calif., hit a career-best .428 at Arizona with 338 hits, 53 doubles, seven home runs and 181 RBI. She hit a combined .563 in the Women’s College World Series with 19 RBI, two home runs and four doubles with just one strikeout.
She also holds the Women’s College World Series Record for batting average in a single tournament, hitting .750 (9-for-12) in 1994.
O’Brien-Amico also has spread the word of God as she hosts a Christian Sports Show on Trinity Broadcasting Network, “More Than Conquerors.” She was also featured in a video for Youth Night for the Billy Graham LA Crusade in 2004.
She was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2004 with her Team USA teammates following the Americans’ victory in the Olympic Gold Medal Softball Game.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).