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Kern County Confidence: The Megan Langenfeld Story

Like many people, I find myself drawn to those who exude confidence. Those people with drive, ambition, and that “never say die” attitude that sets them apart from others in every field. I recently had the honor of attending the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony as a guest of Megan Langenfeld. Her game? Softball. Her position? Pitcher and first base. Her resume? Impressive.

In short, Megan is an amazing athlete. She graduated from Centennial High School in 2006. Highlights of her career include 2010 Los Angeles Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year, 2010 Japan Cup MVP, Most Outstanding Player, and Women’s College World Series Champion playing for the Bruins of UCLA that same year. Megan was also nominated for an ESPY Award.

As I watched her move grown men and women to tears with her humble, emotional speech that night, I realized the lessons this young lady teaches us go far beyond that of how to throw a screwball and frustrate some of the best hitters in the world.

Megan is a role model and a shining example of patience, persistence, and passion. Where does this level of commitment come from? I went to Megan’s parents, Steve and Tracy Langenfeld. “It’s not so much what we did do, it’s what we didn’t do,” her mom told me. “We didn’t set limitations. We set expectations.” The Langenfelds have a younger son, Matthew, who is also Megan’s best friend. “We taught them to respect each other and themselves and that the same rules applied to both boys and girls when it came to school work, social lives, or sports. They had to do their best. They couldn’t quit.”

They also held their children responsible and didn’t step in to be their voice or solve their problems for them.

Besides Parenting style and constant support, the Langenfelds say Megan’s genetic makeup is also responsible for her success. “The way her brain is wired, if you tell her she can’t do something, she will make her fingers bleed making it happen,” said her mom. Her father recalls seeing confidence and ambition in his daughter at age eight when other girls told her she wasn’t good enough for the team. She didn’t give up and worked until she was not only good enough but better than the others.

These characteristics have served her well on and off the field. Megan has a degree in Economics from UCLA and is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of Arkansas where she is a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Razorbacks softball team.

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