SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State fifth-year head softball coach Lori Perez announced today that Vicky Rios will be joining the program as an assistant coach.

With 17 years of collegiate coaching experience and over 20 years as a professional softball instructor, Rios joins Perez, assistant coach Danielle Kaminaka and volunteer assistant Jim Wetzel on the Hornets' coaching staff. 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.

Prior to that, she had assistant coaching stops at UC Davis (2011-14), Sacramento City College (2009-11) and Riverside City College (2008-09). Rios also spent five years as the associate head coach at UC Riverside (2003-08), and spent two years as an assistant at Cosumnes River College (2001-03) and San Jose State (1999-01). The Sacramento native began her extensive coaching carer as head coach at Santa Clara from 1997-99. She has been a professional softball instructor/clinician since 1995.

"I am excited to announce that we have added Vicky Rios to our coaching staff," Perez said. "Coach Rios brings a great passion and enthusiasm for the game. Her knowledge and experience at the Division I level will be an asset to our players and our program as a whole. She is no stranger to the Sacramento area and I am thrilled to welcome her to Sacramento State."

While at UC Davis, Rios coached infield, hitting and slap hitting while also being involved with recruiting, fundraising and team travel. She helped coach the Aggies to a combined 70 wins over her three seasons, including a pair of victories against Stanford. She held the same duties during her two years at Sacramento City College, and helped coach the Panthers to a Big 8 Conference championship in 2010 and a second place finish in 2011.

Prior to her tenure at Sac City, Rios was an assistant at Riverside City College during the 2008-09 academic year. In addition to her duties as a physical education professor, she served as the coach for infield and hitting. During the 2009 season, Rios and the Tigers made the first state championship appearance in program history.

She began her collegiate playing career at Sacramento City College, earning team MVP and all-state honors while helping the Panthers capture the Camino Norte Conference title and finish third at the state tournament as a freshman. In 1992, she helped Sac City to conference and state championships, earning all-league and all-state accolades. She also served as team captain and won the team's Defensive Player of the Year award both seasons.

Rios transferred to Cal State Northridge in 1993, where she was named honorable mention all-WAC and helped the Matadors win the league title and reach the College World Series. As a senior in 1994, she capped her career by leading the Matadors to another WAC championship and a second place finish at the College World Series. Once again, Rios garnered all-WAC honorable mention accolades and received her team's most inspirational and outstanding defense awards.

Following her collegiate career, Rios was drafted to play in the Women's Professional Softball League. She also played on a women's select team that competed against international teams such as China, New Zealand, Taipei and Canada.

Rios earned a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia in 2010, and bachelor's degree in recreation from Cal State East Bay in 2001.