New Wolf Pack softball coach Linda Garza has made the first public addition to her staff, hiring Nathan Ohta, who will manage the team's outfield, catching and hitting.
Ohta was previously the head coach at Warner Pacific University. He also has served as the head coach at Corban University. During his two head-coaching stops, Ohta has a 299-219 record. Prior to his time at Warner Pacific, Ohta was an assistant coach at George Fox University.
"I'm pumped to add Coach Nathan Ohta to the Pack," Garza said in a news release. "He brings a wealth of experience as a head coach and assistant. His offensive approach and mindset are creative, innovative, and shown success at the NAIA and Division IIl level. He is eager to learn, listen and help with the day-to-day operations of Division I. Coach Ohta and I have had numerous talks about our vision, our sincere passion for being united, and building Wolf Pack softball one player, team, and year at a time. I can't wait to see Coach Ohta integrate his philosophy to the Pack offense and give him his first DI opportunity to build a prolific powerful offense in Reno."
A native of Mulino, Ore., Ohta was a basketball player at Western Baptist University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Mathematics Education before receiving a M.S. in Education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Corban University.
"Nate is an excellent instructor and a very good coach," Dixie State coach Randy Simkins said in a news release. "He has a passion for teaching his players great techniques and fundamentals. His knowledge of the game and drive to improve as a coach make him a tremendous asset to any program."
Added George Fox University head coach Jessica Hollen: "Nate is a humble coach willing to learn from anyone. He empowers those around him and is as loyal to team success as I have seen."