After spending the 2011 season as a volunteer assistant coach
with the Titans, former Florida State, UNLV, and Stanford assistant
coach Sara Pickering was promoted to a full-time assistant coaching
position at Cal State Fullerton in July, 2011.
Prior to her arrival in Orange County, Pickering spent the 2009
and 2010 seasons as an assistant coach with the Seminoles under
Head Coach Lonni Alameda, specializing with the FSU infielders and
hitters. She helped guide FSU to its best start since 1993 (20-1)
and helped Florida State hit .297 as a team. In 2009, the Seminoles
also ranked among the top 25 nationally in fielding percentage
While at UNLV, the Rebels won at least 25 games in each of her
five seasons, including helping them reach the NCAA Tournament for
the first time in nine seasons after posting a 44-19 mark in 2005.
Since then, UNLV hit no fewer than 43 home runs as a team in a
season (including a program-best 50 in 2005) and helped coach one
NFCA All-American, five NFCA All-West Region honorees, and 14
All-Mountain West Conference selections.
With the Cardinal, Pickering worked primarily with the defense
and as the team's hitting coach, helping Stanford to five
consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.
As a player, Pickering was the first two-time, first-team
All-American in the history of the Washington program, starting
every game at second base during her four-year career from 1994-97
- a span of 271 games. A three-time team co-captain, she helped
lead the Huskies to their first Pacific-10 Conference title in 1996
and left the program with 15 records to her name, including an NCAA
record 91 career doubles.
Perhaps her most stunning accomplishment came off the field,
however, as a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease,
Pickering underwent a life-saving stem cell transplant in 2001 and
has been in remission for nearly 10 years. To further her cause,
she raised more than $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
by completing the 2003 Portland Marathon.
At UNLV, she helped the fight against cancer as the softball
team annually hosted a "K-Out Cancer Day" to help benefit the
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. The Rebels also participated in
the NCCF's "Champions Run for Life" event each year.
A 1998 graduate of Washington with a degree in sociology,
Pickering, a native of Corona, Calif., also played professionally
in the Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL) with the
Virginia Roadsters and Arizona Heat. She was inducted into the
Corona High School Hall of Fame in 2009.