When not involved in wracking up victories for her high school sports teams at West Hollywood’s Fairfax High School, Amy Harrison was studying classical piano and playing her guitar. In 1968 Amy brought her love of sports and music to UC Riverside, where she played in the college band while making history in several sports.
Amy has been called the finest student-athlete in the history of UCR. She lettered in five sports—basketball, tennis, track and field, softball and volleyball—and was named “Outstanding Female Athlete” for three consecutive years. On the softball field, her hitting average was over .300 for all four years; she served as team captain for two years and won the California State All Star Award. In basket ball, Amy averaged 15 points per game and was a three-year captain and MVP two years. On the tennis court, she was number one or two in singles and doubles for four straight years. In track and field events, this three-year MVP threw the javelin, ran the 440, anchored the 440 relay team and was, again the team captain. Finally, on the volleyball court she was a team captain and MVP.
A psychology major, Amy’s desire to work with emotionally disturbed children led to building a business with her partner that eventually employed over 5000 and brought in revenues of over $165 million. She credits her athletic experiences in high school and college with giving her the competitiveness, drive and tenacity to successfully take on Wall Street. There may be a genetic component to her talent as her 82 year-old mother recently bowled 195.
Amy was inducted into the UC Riverside Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 2004 the refurbished UCR softball field was named in her honor.