Laura Berg picked up a bat and started playing softball at six years old.
After a long, illustrious softball career highlighted by being apart of the Team USA squad, Berg finds herself coaching the sport she loves in Corvallis, Oregon.
Here are just some of her highlights playing as a member of Team USA: 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist; and a WBSC World Championship Gold Medalist in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Sometimes, you have to pinch yourself to believe something is real and that’s exactly how Berg feels with the opportunity to coach the Beavs in Corvallis.
It truly is a blessing. I feel like I got the best job in the world. There are times where I have to pinch myself and be like ‘Is this real? Do I really get to coach a sport that I truly love and have been playing since I was six years old? And am I really in a community that is just as amazing as it is?’ — Laura Berg
Berg finished her eighth season at the helm of the OSU Softball program in 2020.
Berg joined the Beavers’ staff as an assistant prior to the 2012 season after one of the most successful softball careers in NCAA and Team USA history. During the summer of 2012, she also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in its run at the ISF XIII World Women’s Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, and has worked with Team USA in every summer since.
Berg coached Oregon State to four straight NCAA regional appearances from 2015-2018.
Oregon State also swept in-state rival Oregon in 2014 for the first time since 2006.
The 2020 Beavs were off to a 17-9 start and about the begin Pac-12 Conference play at Arizona before the spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OSU received votes in six consecutive USA Softball/ESPN.com polls.
You can listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and Coach Berg here.