Title: Assistant Coach
Experience: 8th Year
Alma Mater: Sacramento State, '02
Lori Perez (formerly Meixner), who played four years for the Sacramento State softball team (1999-02), enters her ninth season as the team’s assistant coach. A team captain and all-conference selection during her playing career, Perez serves as the pitching coach and first-base coach while also working with the catchers and infielders, and assisting with recruiting.
Since Perez became the team’s pitching coach in 2005, Hornet pitchers have accounted for 12 all-conference selections. That includes at least one Hornet pitcher earning all-league honors in seven of the eight years during her tenure as pitching coach. Last season, three different Hornet pitchers recorded at least six victories, including Taylor Stroud’s 14 wins which tied for the 12th best single-season mark during the team’s Div. I 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 13 years.
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). Former Sacramento State players Rachel Miles and Amy Jo McKenzie played for Perez during her tenure at Center High School.
Perez, who was a four-year starter for the Hornets, 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 with the Hornets, Perez 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. She married Alex Perez in the summer of 2009, and the couple had their first child, daughter Caroline, on Feb. 8, 2011.
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