Since taking the helm of the San Jose State softball program in 2007, Peter Turner has established himself as the winningest coach in program history, and is a two-time conference Coach of the Year honoree.
In 11 seasons, Turner has compiled a 323-291 (.526) record. He is the only softball coach in program history to reach 250 (vs. Utah State – April 17, 2015) and then 300 career victories (vs. UC Davis - March 9, 2017).
In 2013, he guided the Spartans to a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship and in 2017 did the same in the Mountain West Conference (MWC), capping those seasons with bids to the NCAA Softball Tournament and the 2017 squad won the program’s first postseason game, a 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
In the four seasons San José State has competed in the Mountain West, Turner’s teams have made steady progress. SJSU finished in fifth place in 2014, third in 2015 and second in 2016. His team’s Mountain West championship in 2017 earned Turner his second conference Coach of the year honor and his first in the MWC.
In addition to Turner's 2017 MW Coach of the Year honor, six Spartans earned 2017 All-Mountain West selection, four were honored as MW Player or Pitcher of the Week and pitcher Katelyn Linford earned NFCA Division I All-Pacific Region and All-America honors.
Turner’s players have rewritten the program’s record book holding 10 career offensive records and sitting in first or second place in 13-of-18 offensive categories.
His 2013 club was the most successful in San José State history. The most improved NCAA postseason team since 2011, in wins and RPI, the Spartans won both the WAC regular season and Tournament championships. The team set the school records for wins (42), saves (17) and fewest errors (56).
Additionally, two players set, at the time, seven single-season records - slugging percentage, on-base percentage, walks; strikeouts per seven-innings, wins, saves, and total strikeouts and five career records - walks; strikeouts per seven-innings, wins, saves, and total strikeouts.
Alongside Turner's 2013 WAC Coach of the Year honor, Amanda Pridmore earned WAC Pitcher of the Year, as well as the WAC Tournament MVP and was the program's first NFCA Division I All-Pacific Region honoree since 2005. Four Spartans were All-WAC performers, eight received WAC Player of the Week selection, and two were All-WAC Tournament Team honorees.
Since coming to SJSU, Turner has produced 30 all-conference performers, 19 in the Mountain West alone. Academically, his student-athletes have received academic all-conference distinction 94 times, seven NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete awards, five CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII selections and one CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree.
Turner came to San José State after spending four seasons, 2003-06, as the head women's softball coach at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. With the Mustangs, he compiled a 99-30 record. His 2005 team won the Big 8 Conference championship and finished fourth in the state tournament. In 2006, the Mustangs took fifth place in the state.
Turner was also an accomplished coach for the USA Softball Men's National Team, which he led from 2003 to 2013. His clubs earned a berth in the 2009 International Softball Federation (ISF) Men's World Championships, finished as runners-up at the 2007 ISF World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, finished fourth at the 2006 VII Pan American Men's Softball Qualifier and, at the Pan American Games, Turner coached the 2003 team to a silver medal and the 2002 team to a gold medal.
A 10-time American Softball Association (ASA) All-American as a player, Turner played in 13 ASA National Championships, five U.S. Olympic Festivals and was part of the 1995 silver medalist team at the Pan American Games.
Turner is a member of two halls of fame having been inducted in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Stockton (Calif.) Softball Hall of Fame in 1998.
He played baseball at Pacific before transferring to Sacramento State, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science in 1989. Turner received a master’s degree in business administration from Hamilton University in 1999.
CAREER COACHING RECORD (San José State)
Two-time conference Coach of the Year (2013 & 2017)
Head coach of USA Softball Men's National Team (2003-2013)
Inducted into the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame (2007)
Inducted into the Stockton (Calif.) Softball Hall of Fame (1998)
Coached the USA Softball Men's National Team to a birth in the 2009 ISF Men's World Championship, a silver medal in the 2003 Pan Am Games and a gold medal in the 2002 Pan Am Games qualifier
Participated in five US Olympic Festivals and was a member of the 1995 Pan Am Games silver medal winn team
Played in 13 ASA national championships
A member of the USA National men's softball team, Chase Turner joined the Spartans' softball coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2010. His primary responsibilities include hitting coach and working defensively with the team's outfielders.
Through his mentoring, the Spartans have finished ranked in the top-10 in the nation in hitting in two of the last three years. His tutelage has led the Spartan hitters to set program records in team batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, and total bases.
In the first four years in the Mountain West (MW), 16 of his hitters have been designated All-Mountain West, have earned nine MW Hitter of the Week hohors, five National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Pacific Region accolades and one NFCA National Player of the Week and USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week recognition.
Turner has been a USA Softball National team member since 2008, when he won the first of two American Softball Association (ASA) ‘A’ National Championships. He has also competed for USA Softball since the 2008 Tri-Nations Tournament in Saskatoon, Canada. In 2009, he returned to Saskatoon to compete for the United States in the International Softball Federation's World Championship, and in 2010 earned his second ASA `A' National Championship.
Turner is a 2009 graduate of Sacramento State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. He received his Master's degree in kinesiology from San José State in December 2012.
A native of Stockton, Calif., and the son of head coach Peter Turner, he currently resides in San Jose.
Letty Olivarez joined the San José State Spartans softball staff as an assistant coach in 2017, working specifically with the pitchers and catchers, and her impact was felt immediately.
The Spartans, a team known for years for its hitting prowess, boasted the Mountain West most dominant pitching staff in 2017. In large part to its success in the circle, the team won its first Mountain West softball title, a bid to the NCAA Regional and its first postseason victory.
Behind Oliverez’s tutelage, senior Katelyn Linford had the finest season of her career. Linford, posted a 24-8 record, with four saves, 192 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA in 211.1 innings of work. Linford earned All-America, NFCA All-Pacific Region, first-team All-Mountain West and first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honors and ranked first or second in the Mountain West in ERA, innings, strikeouts, wins and appearances and she tossed the 12th no-hitter in program history and first in 12 years. Combied with Colette Riggs, a second-team All-Mountain West honoree, the two went 34-13 on the year and posed an ERA under 2.40.
Oliverez’s staff led the league in wins, ranked second in ERA, strikeouts, shutouts, saves and fewest runs allowed and held opponents to a .261 batting average, the third best in the Mountain West.
In 2016, 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.
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 Cal State 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.
Biography to come.