SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced today that head softball coach Lori Perez and Sacramento State have agreed to a new five-year contract that will keep Perez with the program through at least the 2024 season.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of leading this program into the future," Perez said. "I cannot thank President Nelsen and Athletics Director Mark Orr enough for their support and investment into the future of this program. Our staff is dedicated to seeing our players succeed on and off of the field, and we are excited about the direction it is going."
Perez will enter her seventh season as Sacramento State's head coach in 2020, and 16th on the Hornets' coaching staff. She has 19 years of experience at Sacramento State, including four seasons as a player (1999-02), nine years as an assistant coach (2005-13), and six seasons as the head coach (2014-pres.).
During Perez's six-year tenure as head coach, the Hornets have combined for a 164-142-1 overall record and a 75-41 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets have finished third place or better in the league standings in five of her six seasons at the helm, including a Big Sky championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2018. In addition, her teams finished a half game back of first place in 2014 and 2016, and two games back in 2015. Sacramento State has posted back-to-back 30-win seasons, including 31 victories in both 2018 and 2019.
"Lori is a true Hornet from her time at Sacramento State as a student-athlete to assistant coach and eventually head coach," Orr said. "She represents everything we look for in our coaches - she is committed to the academic and athletic success of our student-athletes, and is a tremendous recruiter and on-field coach. I have the utmost confidence in Lori, and look forward to working with her for many years to come."
Since Perez became head coach, the team has racked up 47 all-conference selections, including a program-record 11 receiving some form of all-Big Sky recognition in 2014. Among the 47 all-conference selections were three right-handers who received Big Sky Pitcher of the Year accolades - Savanna Corr in 2019, Celina Matthias in 2016 and 2018, Caitlin Brooks in 2014 and 2015. In fact, a Sacramento State player has been named Big Sky Pitcher of the Year and all-Pacific Region five of the last six years.
Academically, the softball team currently has a 3.120 team grade point average. In addition, of the 26 players that have expired their eligibility during Perez's tenure as head coach, 23 have graduated, and the other three will graduate this fall.
Sacramento State opens its fall portion of the schedule later this week with a home game on Friday at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday at 11 a.m.
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