Hawaii baseball adds Kaiser’s Dave Nakama as assistant coach


The University of Hawaii baseball program has announced Kaiser alum and college coaching veteran Dave Nakama as an addition to Rich Hill‘s new staff.

Nakama has 13 years of head coaching experience, most recently at San Jose State, where he went 66-162 from 2013 to 2016. Since then, he’s coached at Treasure Valley Community College and the University of Washington, where he was a volunteer assistant in 2018 and director of operations and player development from 2019 to 2021. He was also previously an assistant coach for the Huskies from 2010 to 2012 and also made Power Five coaching stops at Iowa and Stanford.

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A handful of players from Hawaii played for Nakama at San Jose State, including Saint Louis alum Kalei Contrades, Waipahu’s Dylan Sugimoto, Kauai’s Cal Koga and Kapaa’s Turtle Kuhaulua.

Nakama’s most notable recruit from Hawaii during his SJSU tenure was Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who ultimately signed with the Texas Rangers following the 2013 MLB Draft. Kiner-Falefa signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Spartans after the University of Hawaii did not offer Kiner-Falefa a baseball scholarship.

UH will be Nakama’s first stint on the islands as a member of a college staff.

Coaching Resume (Courtesy of Hawaii Athletics)
2019-21, Washington, Director of Baseball Operations & Player Development
2018, Washington, Volunteer Assistant
2017, Treasure Valley (Ore.) C.C., Head Coach
2013-16, San Jose State, Head Coach
2010-12, Washington, Associate Head Coach
2002-09, Stanford, Assistant Coach
1999-2001, San Francisco State, Head Coach
1997-98, Stanford, Assistant Coach
1992-96, Mission Junior College, Head Coach 
1990-91, DeAnza (Calif.) College, Assistant Coach
1988-90, Yavapai (Ariz.) College, Assistant Coach
1986-88, Iowa, Assistant Coach
1984-86, Northern Colorado, Assistant Coach

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