Name: Amanda Chidester
Position: Catcher
Sport: Softball
Discipline(s): Softball
Height: 5'9"
DOB: 4/11/1990
Birthplace: Allen Park, Mich.
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
College: Michigan - 2012
Team/Club: Finnesse Fastpitch
Olympic Experience
  • 2020 Olympic Silver Medalist
World Championship Experience
  • 2016 WBSC Women's World Championship Gold Medalist; Led the team with 7 home runs, 18 RBI and 11 runs scored for a .591 (13-for-22) batting average and a 1.727 slugging percentage
  • 2014 WBSC Women's World Championship Silver Medalist; Hit .263 (5-for-19) with three HR, seven RBI and four runs scored
  • 2012 WBSC Women's World Championship Silver Medalist; Hit .325 with 13 RBI and five HR
Other Career Highlights
  • 2017 Pan American Championship Gold Medalist; Hit .515 (17-33) with 17 RBI, 11 runs scored and two home runs
  • 2015 Pan American Games Silver Medalist; Hit .400 (4-for-10) with six RBI and two runs scored
  • World Cup of Softball Gold Medalist (2012, 2015); Silver Medalist (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • 2013 Gold Medalist at Mayor's Cup and Pan American Games Qualifier
Personal: Wears No. 19...Parents are Brian and Sandy Chidester...Personal motto:...Three words to describe her are: loving, caring and optimistic...What non-softball sport would she like to try: tennis...On what it means to play for USA Softball: "Dream come true. I am living what I have worked my whole life for and I am not going to stop working for it. To be able to wear those three letters across my chest and step on the field, there are no words to describe that feeling."


2012: Captain ...Big Ten Player of the Year ...Earned All-Big Ten First-Team honors ...NFCA All-Great Lakes Region second team ...Named to all-tournament team at Tiger Classic (Feb. 10-12) and NFCA Leadoff Classic (Feb. 24-26).

2011: Big Ten Conference Player of the Year ...NFCA All-America first team (third base) ...NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team (third base) ...All-Big Ten first team (third base).

2010: All-Big Ten Conference third team (second base).

2009: NFCA All-America second team (utility) ...NFCA All-Region first team (utility) ...All-Big Ten first team (utility).

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