Aug. 31, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A former All-American and member of Team USA, Tia Meza has been named an assistant coach on the Cal State Northridge softball program, head coach Tairia Flowers announced. Meza, formerly Tia Bollinger, will work with the Matador pitchers, help with recruiting and serve other administrative responsibilities.
"I am truly excited to add someone of Tia's character and experience to our program," Flowers said. "She brings a passion and knowledge of the game that will help the Matadors continue to succeed."
A four-year member of the University of Washington softball program, Meza was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Pac 10 selection while with the Huskies. She helped lead UW to two NCAA World Series appearances and also ranks among the school's career leaders in wins, innings pitched, ERA, saves and strikeouts.
She also served as a member of USA National Softball Team in 2001-02, helping the Americans to a victory at the Pan AM Qualifiers in Venezuela.
Most recently, Meza served as the Associate Athletics Director and Director of Softball at JSerra Catholic High School since 2008. At the school, Meza handled compliance issues and fundraising in addition to serving as the head coach of the varsity team.
Meza also spent a season as an assistant coach with LMU during the 2005 season, helping them to their first postseason appearance in school history.
Meza has also worked for Lehman Brothers as a loan administrator and for the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Originally from Newport Beach, Meza attended Mater Dei High School and was the 2000 Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Meza graduated from Washington in 2004 with a degree in Communications. She is married to Dane Meza and the couple has two children, daughter Riley and son Vince.
Photos Courtesy of University of Washington Athletic Media Relations and JSerra High School