Softball Alumnus Loses Battle With Cancer

Article written by PE Division Chair-Menifee and Head Softball Coach Gina Oliver.

April 23rd, we lost our 2nd MSJC Softball Team Alumni, Renee Gochee-Hanserd (Class of 2004). She passed early morning after a battle with cancer beginning in 2009.  She is survived by her husband, and 3 beautiful children. In photo, top row, 2nd from right. Renee was one of my favorite players ever to coach, she was the absolute funniest, kindest and sharpest players to ever represent MSJC.

Renee’s service is at the Evans-Brown Mortuary 27010 Encanto Dr Sun City CA 92586 May 4, 2010 Viewing – 930am-1100am Service – 1100am -100pm Burial at Riverside National Cemetery -145pm, Van Buren Blvd, March AFB, CA 92518.

This gal was amazing. She walked into a practice one day, tried out, and became our starting catcher and team captain. She was 26, (old for college athletics!) had 2 little ones, full-time student, and worked during college. Of the 9 years I coached at MSJC, she is one of 3 alumni that I still spend time with, and talk to regularly. I am devastated… she will be sorely missed.  My fondest coaching memory of Renee...Pre-season road-trip to Orange Coast College:  After the 1st game of a Double Header, she batted 1 for 1 with a walk, batting 9th, as we lost the first game. As I was writing the lineup for the 2nd game... she came up to me and said, "Are you going to move me up." I said, "No, I need you to focus on catching and you're batting last to rollover the lineup with a .225 average, and you're scrappy. She said, "Seriously, Put me leadoff the next game. So I did. She led off the game with a solo homerun over the LF fence, with one of the MOST unorthodox swings I've ever coached. Since then, I've learned that she taught me that desire can overcome any obstacle. She never again hit a HR, but she finished the season over .300 and made All-Conference. I'm still baffled by her mind-over-matter force to this day.