Sept. 10, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Former Texas standout infielder Chez Sievers and Florida State assistant coach Sara Pickering have joined the coaching staff at Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Michelle Gromacki announced.
Sievers joins the staff as an assistant coach while Pickering will be a volunteer assistant with the program beginning with the 2011 season.
"I am excited for the new additions to our coaching staff," Gromacki said. "Sara's experience will definitely enhance our staff. The programs that she has been a part of have all been highly competitive and successful in their own right and I trust that she will be a big part of our success as well.
"Chez comes to us from a highly successful program in Texas. Her intensity and high expectations will fit in with the needs of our program. Look for this year's team to be highly competitive right out of the chute."
After a decorated career with the Longhorns, Sievers graduated in 2006 with a degree in communication studies, before embarking on a career in the private sector while maintaining ties to the softball community as a coach with the San Diego Strokes and California Cruisers.
As a student-athlete, Sievers was a three-time Big 12 Conference selection and the league's Freshman of the Year in 2003. A three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and a 2005 all-region and Easton All-American selection, Sievers finished her career batting .285 with 63 runs scored and 51 extra base hits, including 12 home runs, to go with 87 RBI.
She stands among the Longhorns' all-time best in numerous offensive categories including doubles (6th), hits (8th), triples (9th), and RBI (9th) while helping Texas to three NCAA Women's College World Series appearances, a pair of Big 12 titles, and two Big 12 Tournament crowns.
Pickering joins the Titans after spending the last two years as an assistant at Florida State under Head Coach Lonni Alameda working with the Seminoles infielders and hitters. She also spent five seasons as an assistant at both UNLV and Stanford after a standout playing career at Washington.
Last season, Pickering helped guide FSU to its best start since 1993 (20-1) and helped the Seminoles hit .297 as a team. In 2009, Florida State 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 per season 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.
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.