Associate head coach Cara Hoyt enters her eighth season at
Sacramento State after spending four years (2002-05) as the head
coach at Cal State East Bay. Hoyt serves as both the Hornets’
hitting and outfield coach, as well as the team’s recruiting
coordinator and third-base coach.
Since her arrival, Sacramento State’s offensive production has made dramatic improvements under Hoyt’s watchful eye. During her seven-year tenure with the team, Sacramento State has set single-season team records in batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.371), slugging percentage (.443), hits (461), runs (293), home runs (34), doubles (79), RBIs (261) and total bases (656). Including a program-record 34 home runs in both 2008 and 2009, and 33 more in 2010, the Hornets have combined to hit 203 round trippers during Hoyt’s seven-year tenure (average of 29 per season), after never hitting more than 16 in any year since joining the Div. I ranks in 1990.
Compared to the 2005 season (prior to Hoyt’s arrival), the 2006 squad raised its batting average 37 points, on-base percentage 48 points and slugging percentage 108 points. The team had 38 more doubles and 90 more RBIs despite having nearly the same amount of at-bats (1456-1430). The 2008 team bumped those offensive marks even further, setting single-season program records in eight different categories. In 2009, the team hit 34 home runs and ranked 15th in the nation with an average of 1.51 doubles per game.
Sacramento State players have also set nine offensive single-season records, including RBIs (53 by Izmena Cabrera), home runs (12 from Jamie Schloredt) and batting average (.434 from Lindy Winkler). The Hornets hit .286 last season, and have hit at least .270 every year of Hoyt’s tenure, after never hitting better than .265 during the program’s first 16 years at the Div. I level.
Prior to Sacramento State, Hoyt led Cal State East Bay to a combined 97-47-2 record (.671 winning percentage) over four years. The Pioneers were ranked 14th and 11th nationally (Div. III) during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, respectively. Her teams showed improvement each season (18-20 in 2002, 24-13 in 2003, 29-8-1 in 2004 and 26-6-1 in 2005) and 18 players received all-West Region honors during her tenure.
In 2004, Cal State East Bay finished fourth in the NCAA West Regional Tournament, marking the first postseason appearance for the Pioneers since 1992. In 2005, the team clubbed a school-record 26 home runs and ranked among the nation’s leaders in fielding percentage (8th, .972), winning percentage (21st, .803) and batting average (23rd, .324).
Prior to her time at Cal State East Bay, Hoyt served as the head coach of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., from 1996-2001. The Vancouver, Wash., native led her teams to a combined 172-92 record, a pair of Northern Division championships and four top-four finishes at the NWAACC Championships.
Hoyt also spent five years (1990-94) as head coach at Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue, Wash. Hoyt received her bachelor’s degree (recreation management) from Eastern Washington in 1986, where she played left field for one season (1983) before the program was eliminated. Hoyt received her master’s degree in education from City University in Renton, Wash., in 1998.