Danielle Kaminaka enters her second season as an assistant coach
at Sacramento State in 2014-15, and now has seven years of coaching
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.
Last season, in her first season with the Hornets, the team’s offense produced a .288 batting average, the fourth best mark in the program’s Div. I era (1990-pres.), and seven different starters hit at least .300. In addition, 11 Hornets produced grade point averages of 3.0 or better during the spring semester, which coincides with the team’s season.
She helped coach the 2014 squad to a 25-21 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The .750 winning percentage in conference play was the program’s best in 21 years, and the Hornets finished in second place in the final standings, just a half game back of first-place Idaho State (13-4).
In addition, Sacramento State saw a program-record 11 of its players receive some form of all-Big Sky recognition. After the team posted an 8-13 record through the first 21 games of the year, Sacramento State went 17-8 over its final 25 games.
Kaminaka, who played four years at Loyola Marymount, also had 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.
Prior to Loyola Marymount, she coached one season at Southwestern Community College (Chula Vista, Calif.) in 2008 where the team made a 12-game improvement in conference play to 14-2 after the team had gone 2-12 in 2007.
The Vista, Calif., native was a four-year starting third baseman at Loyola Marymount (2002-05) where she broke into the Lions’ record book in a big way. A three-time first team all-Pacific Coast Softball Conference performer during her career, she was the PCSC Player of the Year and a second team NFCA all-Pacific Region selection in 2004 after she set the then-school record with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs.
As a senior in 2005, she won the PCSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and was a first team academic all-district selection after leading the squad to a 34-20 overall record, a 16-4 PCSC mark and the school’s first-ever NCAA Regional appearance.
During her four seasons as a player, the Lions combined for a 138-87 overall record and 58-25 conference mark. A career .326 hitter, she ranks among the top eight players in Loyola Marymount history in 11 different categories, including second in career home runs (47), doubles (43), walks (110), slugging percentage (.623) and on-base percentage (.434), as well as third in RBIs (149).
She received both her master’s degree (2010) and bachelor’s degree (2005) in English Literature at Loyola Marymount.