Jan. 4, 2010
BERKELEY - Growing up in Long Beach, Calif., freshman infielder/utility Diane Leider is this year's freshman class' only recruit from Southern California. Leider was her squad's 2009 and 2008 defensive player of the year at Lakewood High School and was a three-time all-league second-team selection. Helping her team to three years as Moore League champions, the Lancers reached the CIF semifinals her senior year and the quarterfinals during her junior and sophomore seasons. A four-year varsity soccer player at Lakewood High School, Leider is also talented in the classroom, graduating with high honors and a 3.97 grade-point average. Leider's uncle, Richard, and a cousin, Megan, also attended Cal. Parents are Leo and Rossana Leider. Leider lists working in sports marketing or becoming a doctor as two possible career options. CalBears.com caught up with Leider to learn about her first months in college, life off the diamond and more.
CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
CalBears.com: What is your favorite part about softball? When did you get started in softball?
CalBears.com: Do you have any outside hobbies? Do you have any unique stories about yourself or qualities that set you apart from your teammates?
CalBears.com: What would you like people to remember about you after you leave Cal?
DL: I would like people to remember the passion I always had on the field and in the classroom. Also that you should never let people stop you from obtaining your dreams. I didn't, and now mine are coming true.
CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
CalBears.com: Now that you're in your seventh week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?