Softball Coaches


Softball Head Coach Dwight Sanders

Dwight Sanders: Assistant Softball Coach

Dwight Sanders enters his first year as the Head Coach for the Otero Rattler’s softball team. Coach Dwight played varsity baseball at Fountain Fort Carson High School from 2008 to 2011. During his four years of high school he earned an All-Conference Utility Player Award for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. After high school, he accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. His freshman year he earned “Freshman of the Year” accolades. He played at Claflin from 2012 to 2013.

From 2014 to 2016, Dwight transferred and finished his collegiate career closer to home at Colorado State University at Pueblo (CSU- Pueblo). He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration After college, he played for the Pueblo Collegians coached by Tony Pechek. Dwight finished his baseball career in September 2016 after attending the Professional Independent Ball Desert League Training Camp.

Dwight has coached both baseball and softball competitively ranging from 10u-18u. Most recently, he assisted the Pueblo Evolution Athletics and Azteca softball competitive travel teams. Dwight has also umpired for the last 8 years, and continues to do so during his summers.




Softball Assistant Coach Cierra Cosslett

Coach Cierra Cosslett

Cierra Cosslett, Grand Junction, joins the OJC team as Assistant Coach for Rattler Softball. Cosslett started for two years as a Lady Rattler pitcher and outfielder. She and her teammates won back to back Region IX championships in 2013 and 2014.

After earning an Associate of Science degree at OJC, Cosslett went on to study and play softball for Chadron State, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in general biology. Cosslett earned numerous awards throughout her playing career.

“I loved playing at OJC and I liked La Junta as a town,” said Cosslett. “This is the ideal job! My goal is to make the program like it was when I played here; when we dominated and won Region IX two years in a row. I also want to prepare the kids to move on to the next level.”

As for Cosslett’s hobbies, it’s simple: eat, sleep, pitch, repeat.




Tim Knabenshue: Volunteer Assistant Softball

Tim Knabenshue: Volunteer Assistant Softball

Tim Knabenshue enters his third year as the volunteer assistant for the Lady Rattler's softball team.  Coach Knabenshue played baseball at Otero Junior College from 1989 to 1991.  After graduating in 1991, he continued his baseball career at the University of Wyoming from 1991 to1994. 

He graduated from University of Wyoming in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Adams State University in 2011 with a master's in human performance physical education & coaching.

Knabenshue was also the assistant baseball coach at Otero from 1998 to 2003.  In additional to his wealth of knowledge in baseball, he also coached two National Championship travel softball teams.  In 2008 to 2015, Coach Knabenshue was Atlanta Braves Associate Scout.  His expertise is utilized with Otero softball's hitters and outfielders.

Knabenshue has worked for State of Colorado for 22 years and is married to his lovely wife Susan for 23 years.  They have three children, the ages of 21, 18, and 7.