Danielle Kaminaka enters her fifth season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State in 2018, and now has 10 years of coaching experience.
Kaminaka is heavily involved with coaching the hitters while also working with the infielders, overseeing the team’s academics and youth camps, and assisting with recruiting.
During her four years with the hitters, Sacramento State’s offense has combined to hit .285. In addition, the team has averaged more than four runs per game over that span while combining for 375 extra base hits. Over the last four years, the Hornets have posted top three Div. I era single-season marks in home runs (1st, 45 in 2017), on-base percentage (1st, .376 in 2015; 3rd, .369 in 2016), walks (1st, 150), hits (2nd, 436), batting average (2nd, .303 in 2016; T-3rd, .294 in 2015), doubles (T-2nd, 77), runs (3rd, 240) and RBIs (3rd, 218). In fact, the team’s 45 homers in 2017 were 11 more than any other season in program history.
At least four Hornets have hit better than .300 during each of Kaminaka’s four years with the hitters, including six players in 2016. In 2015, Sasha Margulies’ .404 batting average marked just the fourth time a Sacramento State player hit .400 in a season during the Div. I era. In 2014, seven of the Hornets’ nine positional starters hit at least .300. Last year, Suzy Brookshire became the fourth Hornet freshman to receive all-region accolades during the Div. I era after batting .358 with a program-record 15 home runs.
Academically, 10 Hornets from the 2017 team had grade point averages of at least a 3.0 at the end of the spring semester. In fact, the team currently has an overall grade point average of 3.058.
During Kaminaka’s four-year tenure, the Hornets have combined for an 102-97-1 overall record and a 52-26 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets finished third place or better in the league standings each of her four seasons, including a half game back in 2014 and 2016, and two games back of the top spot in 2015. In addition, Sacramento State has eliminated teams from the Big Sky Tournament each of the last three years, including Southern Utah (three times), Idaho State and Montana. The 2015 squad qualified for the Big Sky Tournament championship game, but fell to Weber State and narrowly missed out on the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
Also during Kaminaka’s four seasons, the team has racked up 32 all-conference selections, including a program-record 11 receiving some form of all-Big Sky recognition in 2014. Sacramento State improved as the season progressed all four years of her tenure, going 7-3 over its final 10 games last year, 20-10 over its final 30 games in 2016, 7-3 over its final 10 games in 2015, and 17-8 over its final 25 games of the 2014 season.
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).
Kaminaka had her number retired (#35) by Loyola Marymount in the fall of 2015.
She received both her master’s degree (2010) and bachelor’s degree (2005) in English Literature at Loyola Marymount.