Hansen, Ashley

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    AshleyHansen.jpgAshley Hansen was a standout softball player at Stanford and for Team USA.  The Chandler native attended Corona del Sol High School from 2004-2008.  During her time at Corona, she earned numerous All-Region and All-State honors, while being named the East Valley Tribune Player of the Year three years in a row and earning 2008 Arizona Player of the Year awards.  She also led the Corona softball team to the state championship game as a sophomore and a senior, ending up as runners-up both years.

    In club softball, Ashley played for the Arizona Hotshots Gold team in 2005, helping them to become ASA National Runners-up.  In 2006 she transferred to the Worth Firecrackers Gold club team.  The Firecrackers were once again ASA National Runners-up in 2006 before breaking through and winning the National Championship in 2007.

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    Ashley's play caught the attention of USA Softball, and she earned a roster spot on the US Junior National Team in 2006 and 2007.  In 2006, she helped the team to the Junior Pan American Games Championship.  The following season, 2007, she led the team to the Junior World Championship, hitting an astounding .483 during the course of the tournament.

    Ashley committed to play collegiately at Stanford University, where, even as a freshman, she made an immediate impact.  Her impressive stat line included a .400 average, 4 home runs, 24 doubles, 5 triples, 55 RBI, and she only struck out 14 times.  Her 24 doubles ranked second in the nation, 5 triples put her 18th, and her 55 RBI ranked 32nd nationally.  Her 24 doubles, 84 hits, 5 triples and 46 runs were all Stanford records for freshmen.  She earned 2nd Team All-America honors, was named the PAC-10 Freshman of the Year, and was a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year award.

    Her sophomore year was also stellar.  Her .337 average, 59 hits, 42 runs, 39 RBI, and 18 doubles garnered her more All-PAC-10 and All-Western Region honors.  That season, her 7 sacrifice flies led the nation in that category.

    After what some might call a "sophomore slump," Ashley excelled in her junior season.  She hit .495 on 95 hits, with 25 doubles and 51 runs scored.  She led the PAC-10 Conference in several offensive categories, and recorded Stanford school records for batting average (.495), hits (95), and slugging percentage (.797).  She earned 1st Team All-America honors, all conference honors, and was the PAC-10 Player of the Year.  To top it off, she was named the USA Softball National Player of the Year, an honor equal to receiving the Heisman Trophy.  She was only the second position player to ever earn the award.

    As a senior, Ashley was again exceptional.  She hit .368, with 8 triples, 34 walks, 14 doubles, 53 runs scored, and only struck out 5 times.  Her 8 triples set a Stanford record and ranked her 4th nationally.  Ashley piled more All-PAC-12 Conference honors on her resume, was named a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist, and once again was named a USA Softball National Player of the Year Finalist.  She was also named the PAC-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

    She finished her career with her name spread far and wide on the Stanford record books, for both single season records and career records, including all-time Stanford records for career doubles (81) and career triples (18).  She is the only player in PAC-10/12 Conference history to earn Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Player of the Year honors.  

    34742_415504942091_5489933_n.jpgAshley's play earned her an invitation to the 2007 Team USA Women's National Team Selection Camp, where she was the only high school athlete invited to participate.  The camp was in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games.  While Ashley put on a good show in camp, she did not receive an invitation to participate in the Olympics.  By 2009, she was a regular with Team USA.  She helped the team to the 2009 Canada Cup Championship, batting .292 in 9 tournament games.  Later that season, she literally won the KFC World Cup of Softball for Team USA, blasting a grand slam in the gold medal game to beat Australia.  She also participated in the 2009 Pan American Games Qualifier tournament, helping the team to the gold medal by hitting .351 with 11 runs, 9 RBI, 2 triples, and a home run.  

    In August, 2009, the IOC met to discuss adding softball back into the Summer Olympic Games for 2016.  Ashley Hansen, representing the future of USA Softball, and Jennie Finch, an established star of USA Softball, scheduled a joint press conference to discuss the decision.  Unfortunately, the IOC voted against adding softball back into the Olympics.  With that decision, Ashley retired from competitive softball.

     

     

     

     

     

    Ashley Hansen

     

    Inducted into
    Chandler Sports
    Hall of Fame
    Feb 13 2016

    Sports School/ Affiliation Accomplishments
    Softball Corona del Sol
    2004- 2008

    Sophomore - 2006 Arizona State Runners-Up
    Sophomore - Team captain (2006)
    Sophomore - First Team All-State (2006)
    Sophomore - East Valley Tribune Player of the Year (2006)
    Sophomore - First Team All-Central Region (2006)
    Sophomore - Central Region Champions (2006)

    Junior - Team captain (2007)
    Junior - First Team All-State (2007)
    Junior - East Valley Tribune Player of the Year (2007)
    Junior - Under Armour First Team All-American (2007)
    Junior - First Team All-Central Region (2007)
    Junior - Central Region Champions (2007)

    Senior - 2008 Arizona State Runners-Up
    Senior - Team captain (2008)
    Senior - 2008 Arizona Player of the Year
    Senior - First Team All-State (2008)
    Senior - First Team All-Central Region (2008)
    Senior - Central Region Champions (2008)

    Volleyball Corona del Sol
    2006

    Freshman - 2006 Arizona State Runners-Up

    Club Softball Arizona Hotshots Gold
    2005
    2005 ASA National Runners-Up
    Club Softball Worth Firecrackers Gold
    2006-2007

    2006 ASA National Runners-Up

    2007 ASA National Champions

    Softball US Junior National Team
    2006-2007

    2006 Junior Pan American Champions

    2007 Junior World Championships Gold Medal
    2007 Junior World Championships - led team with .483 AVG

    Softball Stanford University
    2008-2012

    Freshman- Second-Team NFCA All-American (2009)
    Freshman - PAC 10 Freshman of the Year (2009)
    Freshman - First Team All-Pac-10 (2009)
    Freshman - Pac-10 All-Freshman (2009)
    Freshman - All-West Region (2009)
    Freshman - USA Softball National Player of the Year Finalist (2009)
    Freshman - Pac-10 Player of the Week 2/17
    Freshman - NFCA National Player of the Week 2/17
    Freshman - Finished second nationally in doubles - 24 (2009)
    Freshman - Finished 18th nationally in triples - 5 (2009)
    Freshman - Finished 32nd nationally in RBI - 55 (2009)
    Freshman - stats: .400 AVG, 84 H, 46 R, 4 HR, 24 2B, 5 3B, 55 RBI, .619 SLG, 14 K
    Freshman - Stanford record 24 2B in a season (2nd all time)
    Freshman - Stanford record .400 AVG (9th all time)
    Freshman - Stanford record 84 H (5th all time)
    Freshman - Stanford record 5 3B (4th all time)
    Freshman - Stanford record 55 RBI (4th all time)
    Freshman - Stanford record 210 AB (5th all time)
    Freshman - Stanford Freshman record 24 2B
    Freshman - Stanford Freshman record 84 H
    Freshman - Stanford Freshman record 5 3B
    Freshman - Stanford Freshman record 46 R


    Sophomore - First Team All-Pac-10
    Sophomore - Second Team All West Region
    Sophomore - Stanford Coaches Award
    Sophomore - stats: .337 AVG, 59 H, 42 R, 39 RBI, 18 2B, 7 SF (led the nation)
    Sophomore - Stanford record 18 2B (8th all time)


    Junior - USA Softball National Player of the Year (2011)
    Junior - Pac-10 Player of the Year (2011)
    Junior - Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-American (2011)
    Junior - First Team All West Region (2011)
    Junior - First Team All-Pac-10 (2011)
    Junior - Pac-10 Player of the Week 4/12
    Junior - Pac-10 All Academic Honorable Mention (2011)
    Junior - stats: .495 AVG, 25 2B, 95 H, .558 OBP, .797 SLG, 51 R
    Junior - .495 AVG led Pac-10, 3rd nationally
    Junior - .558 OBP led Pac-10, 9th nationally
    Junior - .797 SLG led Pc-10, 18th nationally
    Junior - .42 2B/G led Pac-10 and nation
    Junior - 25 2B led Pac-10
    Junior - 95 H led Pac-10
    Junior - Stanford record .495 AVG
    Junior - Stanford record 95 H
    Junior - Stanford record 25 2B (2nd all time)
    Junior - Stanford record .797 SLG
    Junior - Stanford record 51 R (10th all time)


    Senior - Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
    Senior - First Team All-Pac-12 (2012)
    Senior - USA Softball Player of the Year Finalist (2012)
    Senior - ESPN First Team Preseason All-American (2012)
    Senior - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist (2012)
    Senior - Pac-12 All Academic Honorable Mention (2012)
    Senior - stats: .368 AVG, 8 3B, 34 BB, 14 2B, 53 R, .493 OBP, .632 SLG, 5 K
    Senior - 8 3B led Pac-12, 4th nationally
    Senior - Stanford record 8 3B
    Senior - Stanford record 53 R (7th all time)
    Senior - Stanford record 34 BB (4th all time)


    Stanford career record .402 AVG  (3rd all time)
    Stanford career record 301 H (3rd all time)
    Stanford career record 81 2B
    Stanford career record 18 3B
    Stanford career record 179 RBI (4th all time)
    Stanford career record .643 SLG (2nd all time)
    Stanford career record 192 R (3rd all time)
    Stanford career record 92 BB (6th all time)
    Stanford career record 748 AB (8th all time)
    Only player ever to be Pac-10/12 Newcomer, Player and Defensive Player of the Year
    Only 2nd position player ever to be USA Softball Player of the Year
    Softball US National Softball Team
    2007-2009

    Participated in 2007 Team USA Women's National Team Selection Camp
    Only high school athlete invited to Camp

    2009 Canada Cup Champions
    2009 Canada Cup stats: 9 GP, .292 AVG

    2009 KFC World Cup of Softball Gold Medal
    2009 KFC World Cup stats: .444 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI
    2009 KFC World Cup - Grand Slam in Semifinals lifted Team USA over Australia

    2009 Pan American Qualifier Gold Medal
    2009 Pan American Qualifier stats: 14 GP, 13 GS, .351 AVG, 11 R, 9 RBI, 2 3B, 1 HR

    Softball Coach Ashley Hansen Softball Academy
    -2015
    Founded Ashley Hansen Softball Academy
                               

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