Who is she? Maddy Lewis, a former infielder for the UC San Diego Tritons.
What is she known for? Lewis burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2016, earning all-region and all-conference honors and being selected as a finalist for National Freshman of the Year. She earned All-Academic honors from the conference in each year of her career, and earned a pair of All-CCAA First Team awards as a junior and senior. In 2019, her senior season, she was named the Tritons’ Most Valuable Player and led the conference in defensive assists.
Here’s something interesting… Lewis played baseball through much of her young athletic career, playing Little League baseball and working her way through the program’s various levels. She even played high school baseball, and tried out for the USA Women’s Baseball National Team in 2019… she also comes from an athletic family; both her father and grandfather were collegiate athletes, as each of them played water polo at Cal during their own athletic careers.
Quotable quote: “The game of softball taught me many life skills throughout my playing career. The two that stand out the most are communication and time management. Whether communicating with teammates on the field or communicating with coaches or professors off the field, learning how to reach out, keeping others informed and politely asking for what you might need goes a long way… with that said, learning how to manage my time through softball has been the best lesson I have applied to the real world. Although I am no longer in school, life still has due dates and other expectations that need to be met. Managing work, a social life, and personal time is similar to balancing all the responsibilities as a student-athlete.”
What’s she up to now? Following the end of her playing career, Lewis did not venture very far at all. She joined the UCSD Athletic Communications department and currently serves as the sports information director and main media contact for the Tritons’ track & field, cross country, and softball teams. She actively serves as the Triton softball SID during the program’s first season as a Division 1 program.