Shea Stadium was built in the fall of 1986 by the hard work of Irene Shea, who had just agreed to take over the program as head coach, and assistant coaches Jim Beitia and Alan Segal. The new field included a concrete backstop, a permanent outfield fence, new concrete dugouts and a re-leveled and sodded playing surface. read more
Lori Perez will enter her third season as Sacramento State’s head coach in 2016, and 12th year on the Hornets’ coaching staff. On Aug. 14, 2013, Perez was named the program’s interim head coach for the 2014 season, and eventually had the interim tag removed and was named the program’s permanent head coach on June 26, 2014.
No stranger to Sacramento State softball, Perez took over the head coaching duties after Kathy Strahan announced her retirement after 21 years as the program’s head coach. Perez has 15 years of experience at Sacramento State, including four seasons as a player (1999-02), nine years as an assistant coach (2005-13), and two seasons as the head coach (2014-15).
During Perez’s two-year tenure as head coach, the Hornets have combined for a 53-47 overall record and a 27-10 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets finished in second place in the league standings each of those seasons, including a half game back in 2014, and two games back of the top spot in 2015. In addition, after eliminating a pair of teams, Sacramento State qualified for the 2015 Big Sky Tournament championship game, but fell to Weber State and narrowly missed out on the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
Since Perez became head coach, the team has racked up 20 all-conference selections, including a program-record 11 receiving some form of all-Big Sky recognition in 2014. Among those players was two-time Big Sky Pitcher of the Year Caitlin Brooks, who also became just the second Hornet pitcher during the program’s Div. I era (1990-pres.) to earn all-region honors on more than one occasion. Sacramento State improved as the season progressed in both 2014 and 2015, going 7-3 over its final 10 games last year, and 17-8 over its final 25 games of the 2014 season.
Vicky Rios enters her first season with the Hornets after being named assistant coach on July 18, 2017.
With 17 years of collegiate coaching experience and over 20 years as a professional softball instructor, Rios will be heavily involved with coaching the hitters and defense, as well as recruiting and scouting.
Since 2014, Rios has been a private hitting and defense instructor in the Sacramento area, and her students have played or will play in numerous Div. I conferences, including the Pac-12, Mountain West, Big West, West Coast, Conference USA and the SWAC.
Danielle Kaminaka enters her third season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State in 2016, and now has eight years of coaching experience.
Kaminaka is the hitting coach and first base coach for the Hornets while also working with the infielders, overseeing the team’s academics and youth camps, and assisting with recruiting.
During her two years as hitting coach, Sacramento State’s offense has combined to hit .291 with a .373 on-base percentage. In addition, the team has averaged more than four runs per game over that span while combining for 191 extra base hits. In fact, over the last two years, the Hornets have posted top three Div. I era (1990-pres.) single-season marks in seven different offensive categories. Those include on-base percentage (1st, .376 in 2015; 3rd, .368 in 2014), walks (1st, 150 in 2015), hits (2nd, 436 in 2015), batting average (T-2nd, .294 in 2015), doubles (T-2nd, 77 in 2015), runs (3rd, 240 in 2015) and RBIs (3rd, 218 in 2015).