SONJA GARNETT | Head Coach
In her four years at the helm of the Urban Knights, Garnett accrued a 110-103-1 record, including an impressive 70-58 record in PacWest Conference play.
In 2018, Garnett was named PacWest Coach of the Year after her team produced six All-Conference Team honorees, including the school’s first All-American in freshman pitcher Brooke Larsen, and rattled off two double-digit win streaks en-route to 40 total victories. The team also broke a plethora of single-season program records including runs scored, doubles, walks, ERA, shutouts, and batting average against.
Prior to the Academy of Art, Garnett served as an assistant coach at CSU Monterey Bay, Whittier College, and San Francisco State. While at Monterey Bay, the Otters reached the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in school history, recorded their most single-season wins ever (48), and were ranked as high as 11th in the NCAA DII Top-25 poll.
As a student-athlete, Garnett starred at San Francisco State from 2003-06 and was an All-American and CCAA Pitcher of the Year in three consecutive seasons. Garnett ranks among the all-time leaders in DII softball history in appearances (5th), innings pitched (7th), complete games (10th), and shutouts (25th).
Post-graduation, Garnett spent six years overseas playing professional softball in Australia, Germany, and Italy. She led the Morley Eagles to their first state title while in Australia and guided the Mannheim Tornados to two national titles in Germany.
In 2006, Garnett graduated from SFSU with a degree in Liberal Arts and earned her master’s of Arts in Kinesiology from Cal State Long Beach in 2011.
EMILY MONTANEZ | Assistant Coach
In 2018, Montanez helped lead the Urban Knights to tremendous success. Academy of Art notched the most wins in program history with 40 and broke school records in hits (457), runs (266), runs batted in (240) and earned run average (1.97) among others. Montanez also helped coach six All-Pacific West players from last season, one of which was freshman All-American Brooke Larsen.
Before coaching at Academy of Art, Montanez was an assistant coach at Cal State East Bay for two seasons after a four year playing career with the Pioneers. In addition, she worked in the equipment room at Cal State East Bay and coached the Salianas Force 12U, 14U and 16U teams for four years.
As a player, Montanez was a first baseman and designated hitter and had a tremendous career with the Pioneers. She is ranked in the program's all-time top-10 with 155 hits (6th), nine home runs (t-10th), and scored 77 times (10th).
She received her Masters of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University.