Staff
Head Coach
Jim Maier

Jim Maier, the winningest coach in the Cal State Dominguez Hills softball program, returned to the helm for a second stint in October of 2018. He has a 588-363-2 overall record as a collegiate head coach.

Maier comes back after spending four seasons (2015-18) at Cal State San Bernardino, where he compiled a 128-90 record. The Coyotes had two CCAA Tournament and NCAA playoff berths during his tenure. He coached one All-American, four All-West Region and 14 All-CCAA honorees.

Maier was previously the CSUDH head coach for 13 years from 2001-13. He collected two CCAA titles, seven NCAA playoff appearances and sported an overall record of 460-273-2. During his first stint he coached five All-Americans, two CCAA MVP, 22 All-West Region and 62 All-CCAA selections.

Maier got the job at CSUDH in 2001 and turned things around quickly. He guided the team to 36 wins in his first year, matching the previous record for wins in a season. Two years later, in 2003, the Toros made their first of four consecutive NCAA playoff appearances and collected back-to-back 46-win campaigns in 2005-06. Maier was named the conference’s Coach of the Year as CSUDH won the CCAA title in 2005. Additionally, Cindy Perry-Brown was named the CCAA MVP and to the All-America team that year. The Toros made it to the NCAA West Region Finals in 2006, their deepest postseason run at the time.

CSUDH returned to the NCAA playoffs in 2008, after a sub-par performance the year before, and made it all the way to the regional semifinals. The Toros saw four consecutive CCAA Tournament appearances from 2010-13 and made it to the NCAA West Super Regionals in the last two of those seasons. CSUDH was crowned CCAA regular season co-champions during the 2012 campaign. In his final four years in his first stint, Maier coached three All-Americans in Emily McEwen (2010), Stephanie Jimenez (2013) and Adriana Sanchez (2013).

Maier coached at St. Paul HS in Santa Fe Springs on two different occasions. He served his first stint from 1987-2000, and his second in 2014 between his appointments at CSUDH and CSUSB. He guided the Swordsmen to the 1988 CIF-Southern Section Division 4A and 2014 CIF-Southern Section Division III titles and compiled a 328-81-1 record in his 15-year tenure. He coached 25 players who earned college scholarships, including nine at the NCAA Division I level.

A graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1987 and earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Azusa Pacific in 1995, Maier and his wife, Lori, reside in La Habra and are the parents of three sons: Jake, Jared and Kyle. Jake is currently a quarterback at UC Davis.

Assistant Coach
Katie Garcia

Garcia begins her seventh year as an assistant coach for the Toros softball program in 2015 after enjoying a stellar and award-filled four-year career in Cardinal and Gold.

The Riverside native was a four-time All-CCAA selection, claiming two 1st-team, a 2nd-team and a 3rd-team honor for both her offensive ability and defensive prowess in the outfield. She holds four Toro records that include marks for at-bats and hit by pitch in a single season, and doubles and hit by pitch in a career.

Additionally, she sits in the top 5 All-Time Toros records in runs, triples, total bases, games started, at-bats, hits, walks, games played, intentional walks, and RBI. She is also 7th in on-base percentage and 10th in slugging percentage for a career, and sits first in unofficial changing of minds by would-be base advancers.

A career .310 hitter, she slugged 7 home runs and drove in 69 runners in her four years, ending with a stellar senior campaign in which she either tied or exceeded all but four previous year totals.

Garcia received her BS in Kinesiology from CSUDH in May 2011, and her MA in Education in May 2013, also from CSUDH.

Pitching Coach
Stephanie Guerra

Cal State Dominguez Hills alumna and former Toro All-American Stephanie Guerra (formerly Jimenez) enters her second season on the CSUDH coaching staff in 2019. She was named the program's pitching coach by head coach Kim Aggabao and returned to her alma mater in the Fall of 2017.

In her first season leading the pitching corps in 2018, the Toros boasted 160 total strikeouts. Then-senior Alyssa Valinches struck out 129 batters, good for third in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Guerra played her entire collegiate career for CSUDH from 2010-13. She was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Third Team and Daktronics All-Amierca Honorable Mention during her senior season. In her career, Guerra was a two-time All-West Region and All-CCAA honoree.

Guerra holds nearly every career pitching record in the program. She boasted 84 wins, 17 saves, 662 strikeouts and 23 shutouts on 802.2 innings pitched. She also holds the single-season record of 232 strikeouts set her senior season which included a no-hitter.