Dave Nakama was appointed as head baseball coach of the Spartans in September 2012.
Nakama came to SJSU from the University of Washington where he was the associate head baseball coach. In a 20-plus year college coaching career, the Honolulu, Hawai'i native has 13 seasons of experience in the Pac-12 Conference divided between Washington (2010-12) and Stanford (1997-98, 2002-09).
Four times since 2002, Baseball America rated Stanford's recruiting classes in the top-10 nationally. Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ranked Washington's 2012 class among the best in the West.
In his 10 seasons at Stanford, the Cardinal won four Pac-10 Championships, five NCAA Regional crowns and appeared in the College World Series four times (1997, 2002, 2003, and 2008).
During Nakama's tenure, Stanford recorded their five best defensive seasons including a program high .977 fielding percentage in 2005.
Nakama has head coaching experience at San Jose's Mission College (1992-96) and three seasons at San Francisco State (1999-2001). In five seasons at Mission College, his teams qualified for the 1995 and 1996 California Community College state championships. He was the 1996 Coast Conference Coach of the Year.
The 1984 graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Ore., earned his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1986. As a college player, Nakama was an infielder for the Willamette Bearcats.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Northern Colorado in 1984 and worked at the University of Iowa, Yavapai College (Prescott, Ariz.) and DeAnza College.
Dave has three children: Samantha, Kirk and Brodie.