Jen Gilbert, 2011–2014 outfielder on Ball State's softball team and former assistant coach, played for her home country on Team Canada in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Canadian Olympic softball team earned its first-ever Olympic medal this week, defeating Mexico 3-2 in the bronze medal game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan.
“Congratulations to Jen for not only achieving her dream of representing Canada in the Olympics, but for playing a key role in taking home the bronze medal,” Ball State Director of Athletics Beth Goetz said in a press release. “Jen can take great pride in the way she has represented both Ball State University and her home country.”
Gilbert played in five of Team Canada’s six Olympic games as an outfielder, slugging a solo home run in Canada’s final opening-round game against Italy. She also recorded three defensive putouts.
While at Ball State, Gilbert was a two-time All-American left fielder as a student-athlete and helped guide the Cardinals to three Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is the only All-American in Ball State program history and the only three-time MAC Player of the Year.
Gilbert finished her collegiate career as the league’s record holder in runs batted in (246), runs scored (215), home runs (75), doubles (62) and slugging percentage (.810). Her 75 home runs ranked eighth in NCAA Division I history at the conclusion of her career, and she became the NCAA career home run leader among Canadian-born players.
Gilbert has been a member of various Canadian national teams since 2009, but this year was her first-ever appearance in the Olympics.