Softball Head Coach Dwight Sanders
Coach Sanders enters his third year as the Head Coach for the Otero Rattler’s softball team. In two years he has coached three All-Region players, a Second team All-American, 2 Academic All-Region, and 1 Academic All-American. Under his leadership, the Lady Rattlers have hit 100 Home Runs, 232 Doubles, 34 Triples, while averaging a batting average of .383. The Lady Rattlers also have also showed that they have speed to complement their power at the plate with a total of 163 stolen bags. The Lady Rattlers have scored a total of 780 runs with Coach Sanders at the helm.
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. 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.
Coach Sanders 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 became very well versed in the rules and regulations of softball.
Coach Sanders can usually be found at the softball field, or on the road recruiting but when he isn’t he enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs.
Softball Assistant 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.