Sept. 5, 2012
2012 Coaching Changes
named head coach at San Jose State
Dave Nakama has been named the new head coach at
San Jose State.
Nakama has been the associate head coach at
Washington for the past three seasons. Nakama was an assistant
at Stanford in 1997-98 and again from 2002-09. The Cardinal
reached the College World Series four times with Nakama on staff
(1997, 2002, 2003, 2008).
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Nakama has eight
years of experience as a head coach. He led Mission College in
San Jose from 1992-96 and San Francisco State from 1999 to 2001.
Nakama was an infielder at Willamette University
in Salem, Ore., graduating in 1984. He was a graduate assistant
at Northern Colorado, earning a master’s degree in 1986. Nakama
also coached at Iowa, Yavapai College and DeAnza College.
Nakama succeeds Sam Piraro, who retired this past
July. Piraro led the Spartans for 25 seasons and compiled 806