San Jose, Calif. - Letty Olivarez, who has played and coached at the highest levels of the sport, joins the 2017 San José State Spartans softball staff as an assistant coach. Head Coach Peter Turner made the announcement Monday.
"We were looking for someone with experience both as a recruiter and a pitching coach," said Turner. "In order to continue to grow our program and get to the next level, we realized that we had to have someone who could work with our pitchers and catchers full-time.
"Letty fit that bill. She'll work with our pitchers and catchers, as a single unit. Having someone with her expertise on the staff will allow me to concentrate on the team as a whole and be able to hone in on specific areas of need as they appear. Everyone is very excited to have an asset like Letty join our program."
In six seasons on the bench, five as an assistant and one as co-head coach, Olivarez's teams have reached the NCAA Tournament five times.
"I really excited to get to work with the pitchers on this staff and want to thank Coach Turner," said Olivarez. "I'm from the area and was very familiar with San José State growing up. I want to take my experiences and apply them to this program, but also continue to learn the game. I knew I could achieve both of those goals working with a Hall of Famer (Coach Turner).
"We have a diverse group of pitchers and I look forward to helping them all move to the next level."
Playing her college ball at Wisconsin where she earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior, Oliverez spent one year (2011) with the Badgers as a student assistant before returning home to Northern California and joining the staff at Stanford.
In three years at Stanford (2012-14), the team made two appearances in the NCAA Regional and Olivarez coached two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans, nine NFCA All-West Region award winners, 13 All Pac-12 Conference Team selections, one USA National Player of the Year, and two Finalists for Lowe's Seniors Class.
After Stanford, Olivarez spent the 2015 season at Cal State Northridge (CSUN) where she helped lead the Matadors program to its first outright Big West Championship in 19 seasons and its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2007.
At Northridge, She coached four NFCA All-West Region and six Big West All-Conference honorees. Olivarez developed CSUN's first Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year, Zoe Conley. In addition, Conley made both the All-Big West First Team and Big West All-Freshman Team, compiling a 19-7 record and 1.84 ERA with 134 strikeouts and eight shutouts. The Matadors also had the Big West Player of the Year, a Finalist for NFCA Freshman of the Year, the program's first USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week and its first USA Junior National Team Pitcher.
Last year, as co-head coach at Arizona State, she led the Sun Devils to an NCAA Regional appearance while developing four NFCA All-West Region, three All-Pac-12 Conference, and two Pac-12 All-Freshman Team selections. In addition, four players were Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar recipients and one earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII designation.