Dave Nakama will not return as head baseball coach next season, announced San Jose State University on Friday. Sources indicated that San Jose State chose not to renew Nakama’s contract, whose one-year term expires on June 30.
Succeeding Sam Piraro in September 2012, Nakama was the first coaching hire of athletic director Gene Bleymaier at San Jose State. Nakama’s four-year tenure began with the transition from the Western Athletic Conference in 2013 to Mountain West Conference in 2014. During these four years, Nakama had an overall win-loss record of 66-162.
For the past three seasons, the baseball team finished in last place in the Mountain West. In Nakama’s first season, which had a 17-41 (.293) record, the team had its first winning percentage in the .200s since 1982, when the team went 14-39 (.264).
Bleymaier stated that the national search for the next head coach has begun immediately and that he expects to complete the hiring process “quickly.”
In addition to turning the program around from cellar-dweller status, the next coach will face the challenge of raising funds to construct new baseball facilities, as the existing baseball practice facilities will be relocated to make way for the new Spartan Golf Complex as part of the South Campus Master Plan.
On the same day, women’s water polo head coach Johnny Bega was also let go. Nakama and Bega are the first Bleymaier hires no longer with San Jose State.