The Sacramento State softball program finished the 2018 season with a 31-20 overall record and 14-7 league mark, advancing to the NCAA Tournament after winning both the Big Sky Conference’s regular season and tournament championships. The program has won at least 20 games 16 consecutive years, and has combined to post a 66-33 record in the Big Sky over the last five years.

 

Lori Perez

Head Coach

 

Lori Perez completed her fifth season as Sacramento State’s head coach in 2018, and 14th 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 18 years of experience at Sacramento State, including four seasons as a player (1999-02), nine years as an assistant coach (2005-13), and five seasons as the head coach (2014-pres.).

 

Perez’s vision for the program became reality in 2018 when the Hornets won both the Big Sky Conference’s regular season and tournament championships while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Sacramento State, which finished the season 31-20 overall and 14-7 in league, won its first Big Sky title since the league began sponsoring softball in 2013. In addition, the NCAA Tournament appearance was the program’s first since 2008, and the fourth since Sacramento State joined the Div. I ranks in 1990 (1993, 1995, 2008, 2018).

 

The 2018 season also marked the Hornets’ first league title since the team won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference in 2008. Sacramento State had three winning streaks of at least five games long, and went undefeated in the conference tournament to claim the Big Sky’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. For her efforts, Perez was named the Big Sky’s Coach of the Year.

 

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Vicky Rios

Assistant Coach

 

Vicky Rios completed her first season with the Hornets in 2018, helping the program to one of its best seasons since the team joined the Div. I ranks.

 

Rios was part of a coaching staff that guided the Hornets to the 2018 Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament championships while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Sacramento State, which finished the season 31-20 overall and 14-7 in league, won its first Big Sky title since the league began sponsoring softball in 2013. In addition, the NCAA Tournament appearance was the program’s first since 2008, and the fourth since Sacramento State became a Div. I member in 1990 (1993, 1995, 2008, 2018).

 

The 2018 season also marked the Hornets’ first league title since the program won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference in 2008. Sacramento State had three winning streaks of at least five games long, and went undefeated in the conference tournament to claim the Big Sky’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

 

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Danielle Kaminaka

Assistant Coach

 

Danielle Kaminaka completed her fifth season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State in 2018, and now has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience.

 

Kaminaka was part of a coaching staff that guided the Hornets to the 2018 Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament championships while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Sacramento State, which finished the season 31-20 overall and 14-7 in league, won its first Big Sky title since the league began sponsoring softball in 2013. In addition, the NCAA Tournament appearance was the program’s first since 2008, and the fourth since Sacramento State became a Div. I member in 1990.

 

The 2018 season also marked the Hornets’ first league title since the program won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference in 2008. Sacramento State had three winning streaks of at least five games long, and went undefeated in the conference tournament to claim the Big Sky’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

 

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