|Title:||Interim Head Coach|
|College:||Sacramento State, '02|
On Aug. 14, 2013, Lori Perez (formerly Meixner) was named
Sacramento State’s interim head coach for the 2013-14 season.
No stranger to Hornet softball, Perez will take over for Kathy
Strahan who announced her retirement after 21 years as the
program’s head coach.
Perez has 13 years of experience at Sacramento State, including four seasons as a player (1999-02), and each of the last nine years as an assistant coach (2005-13).
During her tenure as assistant coach, Perez was influential in numerous areas of the program, including recruiting, serving as the team’s pitching coach and first-base coach, working with the catchers and infielders, as well as many other duties.
With Perez as an assistant coach, Sacramento State combined for a 237-216 overall record, and a 107-65 conference mark. The team finished with at least 20 wins all nine of those seasons, including three years with at least 30 victories, as well as a 2008 conference title and NCAA Regional appearance.
Since Perez became the team’s pitching coach in 2005, Hornet pitchers have accounted for 13 all-conference selections. That includes at least one Sacramento State pitcher earning all-league honors in eight of those nine seasons.
In 2013, three pitchers on the staff finished with sub-3.00 ERA’s, and the team ERA of 2.33 was the top mark in the Big Sky Conference and the 40th best in the nation among the 291 Div. I softball institutions. That includes sophomore right-hander Caitlin Brooks being named first team all-Big Sky after going 14-7 with a 1.81 ERA.
In 2011, all three Hornet starting pitchers received some form of all-conference accolade, including Megan Schaefer being named to the first team for the second time in her career. All three pitchers posted sub-2.80 ERA’s.
Perez coached the 2005 and 2006 pitching staffs to ERAs of 1.88 and 2.42, respectively. Sacramento State’s total of 396 strikeouts in 2006 were just four shy of the school record of 400, set in 1995. In addition, Hornet pitchers allowed opponents just a .217 batting average that season. The 1.88 ERA in 2005 is the staff’s second best mark over the last 14 years.
In addition, the 2012 squad, spearheaded by the strong defensive play of Perez’s infielders, posted a program-record .979 fielding percentage, the second best mark in the nation.
Prior to her coaching stint at Sacramento State, Perez was the lead instructor at Kelly Jackson’s All-American Softball School in West Sacramento, Calif., from 2003-04. She also spent time as the head varsity coach at Center High School (Antelope, Calif.) for two years (2003-04).
During her playing days, she was a four-year starter for the Hornets and remains the program leader in career fielding assists (495). The Petaluma, Calif., native appeared in 196 games (including 190 starts) at second base, shortstop and third base during her four-year tenure as a student-athlete at Sacramento State.
In the Hornet career Div. I record book, Perez still ranks first in assists and eighth in walks. A team captain during both her junior and senior seasons, she earned all-Big West Conference honors in 2001 and started all but one game during her final two years with the program.
Perez, who resides in Sacramento, graduated from Sacramento State in the fall of 2002 with a degree in communication studies, and completed her master’s degree in recreation administration in the fall of 2011. Perez and her husband, Alex, had their first child, daughter Caroline, in 2011.