|Position:||Assistant Coach (1st Season)|
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 (.971).
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.