On Aug. 14, 2013, Lori Perez (formerly Meixner) was named Sacramento State's interim head coach for the 2013-14 season. No stranger to Hornet softball, Perez will take over for Kathy Strahan who announced her retirement after 21 years as the program's head coach.
Perez has 13 years of experience at Sacramento State, including four seasons as a player (1999-02), and each of the last nine years as an assistant coach (2005-13).
During her tenure as assistant coach, Perez was influential in numerous areas of the program, including recruiting, serving as the team's pitching coach and first-base coach, working with the catchers and infielders, as well as many other duties.
With Perez as an assistant coach, Sacramento State combined for a 237-216 overall record, and a 107-65 conference mark. The team finished with at least 20 wins all nine of those seasons, including three years with at least 30 victories, as well as a 2008 conference title and NCAA Regional appearance.
Nichole Willis enters her first season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State in 2013-14, and brings six years of coaching experience to the program.
Willis, who played four years at Fresno State, spent the last three seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach at UC San Diego. With the Tritons, she helped coach the team to a combined 123-61 overall record, including a 2011 national championship and a 2012 national runner-up finish.
In fact, UC San Diego won a school-record 45 games in 2011 and 2012, and Willis was part of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011, and the NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2012.
Danielle Kaminaka enters her first season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State in 2013-14, and brings six years of coaching experience to the program.
Kaminaka, who played four years at Loyola Marymount, has assistant coaching stops at Colgate (2013) and Loyola Marymount (2009-12). She was an assistant coach with her alma mater in 2011 and 2012, and a graduate assistant in 2009 and 2010.
As an assistant at Loyola Marymount, she helped coach the team to a combined 110 wins over four seasons, including two years with at least 32 victories. The Lions went 45-35 in conference play over that span, including a 16-4 league mark in 2011.