Danielle Kaminaka enters her third season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State in 2016, and now has eight years of coaching experience.
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.
During her two years as hitting coach, Sacramento State’s offense has combined to hit .291 with a .373 on-base percentage. In addition, the team has averaged more than four runs per game over that span while combining for 191 extra base hits. In fact, over the last two years, the Hornets have posted top three Div. I era (1990-pres.) single-season marks in seven different offensive categories. Those include on-base percentage (1st, .376 in 2015; 3rd, .368 in 2014), walks (1st, 150 in 2015), hits (2nd, 436 in 2015), batting average (T-2nd, .294 in 2015), doubles (T-2nd, 77 in 2015), runs (3rd, 240 in 2015) and RBIs (3rd, 218 in 2015).
Last season, five different players hit better than .300, and Sasha Margulies’ .404 batting average marked just the fourth time a Sacramento State player has hit .400 in a season during the Div. I era. In 2014, seven of the Hornets’ nine positional starters hit at least .300.
Academically, the Hornets had 12 players produce at least a 3.0 grade point average during the 2015 spring semester which coincides with the team’s season. In 2014, it was 11 Hornets that produced at least a 3.0 gpa during the spring semester.
The Hornets have combined for a 53-47 overall record and a 27-10 mark in the Big Sky Conference during Kaminaka’s tenure. The Hornets finished in second place in the league standings each of those seasons, including a half game back in 2014, and two games back of the top spot in 2015. In addition, after eliminating a pair of teams, Sacramento State qualified for the 2015 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 tenure, the team has combined to rack up 20 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 in both 2014 and 2015, going 7-3 over its final 10 games last year, 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).
In fact, 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.