After graduating from River City High School, Chris attended Cosumnes River College and played catcher on the softball team for two years. Both years she was the team captain and led the team in hitting (.481 in 1980 and .404 in 1981). In 1980, Chris also led the conference in hitting. Her coach, Del Bandy, said, “She’s small and tough and quick”. These attributes helped Chris to twenty three stolen bases and twenty eight runs in twenty nine games during the 1981 season. About her play behind the plate, her coach said, “I can’t count the number of times she’s thrown behind the runner to pick ‘em off”.
Chris led her team to CRC’s first softball championship, winning the Valley Conference in 1980 with an overall record of 23-5 and was named the “Most Outstanding Athlete” at CRC. In 1981, she led the Chiefs to a number nine ranking in the state, a second place finish in the Camino Norte Conference with a record of 15-3 and an invitation into the Northern California Regional Tournament with an overall record of
24-5. Chris earned a spot on the Camino Norte “All-Conference Team”, the “All-Northern California Regional Team”, and the “All-State Team” in 1981. That same season she was also the, “Most Valuable Player” in the Camino Norte Conference, the “Most Outstanding Athlete” at Cosumnes River College for the second straight year, and named the, “Most Outstanding Junior College Softball Player” by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.
After graduating from CRC, Chris received a softball scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno and played two years for the Wolf Pack. While playing at UNR, Chris helped to lead her team to a number five national ranking and a trip to the Women’s College World Series. She graduated in 1984 from Sacramento State University with a degree in Liberal Studies.
Chris continued her softball career playing Women’s Class “A” Fastpitch and in 1985 she was selected as a “1st Team All-American”. Chris continued her involvement in the sport of softball as an assistant coach at Sacramento City College in 1984. She has also coached at Rio Americano and Elk Grove High Schools.
Chris now lives in Clarksburg and has three children; Eric, Laura and Sarah. She is a teacher of Honors U.S. History at Harriet Eddie Middle School.