When Heinz Mueller looks through the names of his 24 years’ worth of student-athletes for a story on what kind of foundation his program can instill on a life, Gina Medina’s name rises to the top of that list. Medina begins her 2nd full year as a member of Mueller’s coaching staff, but her relationship with Mueller and Bears’ Softball actually began nearly two decades ago. Medina took the bump as a freshman pitcher for the Bears back in 1997, and promptly set a school record (which still stands today) for the lowest earned run average (0.67) for a softball pitcher in a season. Instead of returning in ’98 for her sophomore campaign, Medina decided to start raising a family. The softball ‘bug’ never left Medina, nor did her desire to finish her education, and the fall of 2011, Medina demonstrated that it’s never too late to finish what you started by returning to PC and the Bears’ Softball program. Those who expected 15 years of rust in the classroom or on the hill were quickly silenced as Medina became the centerpiece for the Bears’ run to the 2012 NJCAA Division II Softball Championship, winning 28 games, striking out 150 opposing batters along the way and logging a whopping 212 innings of work while making local and national news as the oldest junior college softball player in the country that year. Medina’s story hasn’t just become an inspiration to the pitchers she now works with as a member of the Bears’ Coaching Staff, but to other softballers around Arizona, which is why the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association just named Gina the recipient of their 2013 Outstanding Female Leader this past August. Medina is still mother to her four kids: Irene, Jesse, Chris & Suzie; while she is working to earn a degree in Nursing; and working to help Mueller find the next great Bears’ pitcher in the dugout.