Vicky Rios began her UC Davis coaching career in 2011 after serving as an assistant at Sacramento City College for two seasons. While coaching the Panthers, she assisted with infield, hitting and slapping instruction. Rios was also involved in fundraising and a facilities improvements for a program that has four all-time state championships, and has been regarded as one of the most successful junior college programs in California.
Prior to her tenure at Sac City, Rios was an assistant coach at Riverside Community College from 2008-09. In addition to her duties as a physical education professor, she served as the coach for infield and hitting. In 2009, Rios and the Tigers made the first state championship appearance in program history.
From 2003 to 2008, Rios served as the associate head coach at UC Riverside. On the field, she assisted with the infield, hitting and slapping. Off the field, Rios held responsibilities with recruiting, fundraising and travel arrangements. She also had stops as an assistant coach at Cosumnes River College (2001-03) and San Jose State (1999-2001). Her extensive coaching career started at Santa Clara, where she served as head coach from 1997-99.
Rios began her collegiate playing career at Sac City College, earning team MVP and all-state honors while helping the Panthers capture the Camino Norte Conference title and finish third at the state tournament as a freshman. In 1992, she helped Sac City to both conference and state championships, earning both All-CNC and all-state accolades. She also served as team captain and won her team's Defensive Player of the Year award in each season.
Rios transferred to Cal State Northridge in 1993, where she earned All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention and helped her team win the conference title and reach the final eight of the Women's College World Series. As a senior in 1994, she capped off her career by leading the Matadors to another WAC championship and a second-place finish at the Women's CWS. Once again, Rios garnered All-WAC honorable mention and received her team's Most Inspirational and Outstanding Defense awards.
Following her collegiate career, Rios was drafted to play in the Women's Professional Softball League. She also played on a women's select team that competed against international teams such as China, New Zealand, Taipei and Canada.