Sierra Cardenas begins her third season at the helm of the Pack women's soccer program. In two seasons, Cardenas holds a 19-14-4 overall record and a 13-9-3 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.
On April 4, 2017, then-Colorado State University-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda announced the hiring of Cardenas as the new head coach of the Pack women's soccer program.
With more than five years of coaching experience, Cardenas most recently was the head coach at Otero Junior College for two seasons where she guided the Rattlers to the NJCAA Region IX Tournament Final both seasons. In just two years, she mentored 14 all-region student-athletes including nine first-team honorees.
"I am both honored and thrilled to be leading the CSU-Pueblo Women's Soccer program into the 2017-18 season," Cardenas said. "I have witnessed the incredible growth of Pack Athletics and the athletic facilities over the last few years, and I look forward to having a hand in continuing that growth."
"Sierra did a fantastic job throughout the interview process," Folda said. "She is a young coach with a lot of potential. We think she will relate well with the student-athletes and continue to drive the women's soccer program to new heights."
Cardenas becomes the fifth coach in ThunderWolves women's soccer program history. CSU-Pueblo is coming off a 14-5-1 season, which guided the Pack to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Joe Folda and the selection committee for this outstanding opportunity," Cardenas added. "The women's soccer program here has become a top team in the RMAC in recent years, and I plan to keep it that way and continue to move the program forward."
A native of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Cardenas spent two years as the assistant coach at OJC before being named head coach in February 2015.
In her first season at the helm she received NJCAA Region IX Coach of the Year and has had over 30 players continue their soccer careers beyond OJC.
Last season the Rattlers finished 14-3-2 and Cardenas leaves Otero with an overall head coaching record of 27-6-4.
As assistant coach, Cardenas was responsible for oversight of games and practices, athlete instruction and care, recruiting and planning of team travel.
Prior to her time at OJC, Cardenas worked as an assistant coach at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) and has coached at both the club and high school levels in the Denver area.
As an athlete she played four seasons at ENMU and was a two-time team captain. She holds the school record for most goalkeeper wins in a season, most career shutouts, most career minutes played, most career games started and recorded the most shutouts in a single season (6) twice. She was a constant on the athletic honor roll as a student-athlete.
She received her bachelor of science degree in environmental science from ENMU in 2012.