Highly successful Hawaiian Born College Baseball Coach Carl Iwasaki Head Coach University of Northern Colorado on show.
Coached Hawaiian Winter League.
From a Div 3 school to Div 1.
2013 Coach of the year.
At University of Northern Colorado since 2010.
Played for ABCA Hall of Fame Coach Tom Petroff.
Hawaii a population of only 1.5 million people has lots of college and professional players, why?
Does culture have a big part of it?
Coach talks about guys like Kolten Wong, Kurt Suzuki and others in MLB and why they made it big.
Youth baseball in Hawaii has very good coaches, why and why important?
Are we playing to much and not practicing enough?
Hawaii in the Little League World Series.
Coaches Japanese heritage, culture, discipline, how much he has carried into coaching.
Recruiting at the college, what coach looks for in players.
His assistant coach if Jeff Bannister, former Rangers Manager, Manager of the year, he discusses how they work together on and off the field.
Recruiting football players is important, why?
Advice to coaches, players and parents on coaching.
So much to the discussion.
Carl Iwasaki became the ninth head baseball coach at the University of Northern Colorado, joining the Bears on Aug. 4, 2010. In each of his seasons at the helm, Iwasaki continues to build on the tradition of success in the storied program, a history that includes 20 NCAA Regional Tournament berths and 10 NCAA College World Series appearances.
Iwasaki, a Hawaiian native, stresses the importance of merging the Bears’ athletic goals with re-uniting Northern Colorado Baseball alumni, facility upgrades, academic excellence and recruiting goals and stressing the importance of keeping Colorado high school baseball players at home to play for the Bears while they graduate from a great institution. Over the past eight seasons, Iwasaki has qualified for seven postseason tournament appearances including four consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournaments in Mesa, Arizona.
Over the past eight seasons Iwasaki’s teams have qualified for seven post season tournaments including four consecutive WAC conference tournaments in Mesa, Arizona. Under his direction the Bears have averaged 22 wins a year, transitioned from the Great West Conference to the Western Athletic Conference, qualified for two Great West Tournaments, qualified for three Western Athletic Conference tournaments (2015, ’16, ’17) and won the Great West Conference in 2013. The Bears have also maintained an impressive team cumulative GPA above 3.0.
The UNC players he’s coached have not been short on individual accolades. In 2011 Jarod Berggren became the 17th Bears player drafted in school history when the Rockies selected him. Jensen Park was voted Great West Conference Player of the Year in 2013 and Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2015. Park was the first UNC player in school history to receive either award. Ryan Yamane, left the program as the all time leader in walks with 154, shattering the previous record of 121 set by Jeff Cheek.
In 2018, Tory Watson was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round.
Prior to arriving at UNC, Iwasaki has more than 20 years of coaching experience in Colorado, Hawaii, California and Texas, with extensive national recruiting ties. Iwasaki spent six seasons before coming to Greeley as the head coach at Austin College, where he was honored as Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007. His 2007 team won the SCAC Conference and went on to the NCAA West Regional. Prior to his tenure at Austin College, Iwasaki also spent time as an Assistant Coach at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, CA and as General Manager of the Honolulu Sharks of the MLB affiliated Hawaii Winter Baseball League.
As a player, Iwasaki played catcher at UNC from 1981 to 1984 under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Petroff and graduated in 1985.
2018: UNC quailfied for the WAC conference tournament in Mesa, Arizona for the fourth consecutive season. Non-conference wins over Big West UC Davis, Mountain West Conference split with San Jose State and Nebraska of the Big 10. UNC finished with an overall record of 29-24.
Troy Watson was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round.
11 players named to the WAC All-Academic team, Jack Pauley named hitter of the week and to the 2nd team All-WAC Outfilder.
Connor Leedholm named WAC pitcher of the week and broke the school record for saves with 11.
Dean Lawson named hitter of the week and set all time doubles record in a game with four.
Anthony Brady awarded the Dr. George Sage UNC Male Athlete of the Year Award.
2017: For the third consecutive year, Iwasaki led the Bears to the WAC Tournament. The team earned the fifth seed with an 10-14 conference record and 24-30 overall record. As the #5 seed, the 2017 Bears upset #4 UVU & #1 NM State to earn their first 2 WAC Tournament wins in program history. Iwasaki led the Bears to a 3rd place tournament finish.
2016: For the second consecutive year, Iwasaki led the Bears to the WAC Tournament. The team would earn the fifth seed with an 11-12 conference record and 16-34 overall record.
2015: In his fifth season at the helm Iwasaki led the Bears to a 16-32 record and their first appearance in the WAC tournament in program history. The Bears improved to 12-14 in WAC play, and were awarded the 6th seed in 2015 WAC Tournament.
2014: During the first season of WAC play, the Bears finished with a 10-43 record while going 4-23 in conference play. The team finished in the top five of several categories including triples (2nd/20), fielding percentage (4th/9.66) and pitching strikeouts per game (5th/5.30).
2013: Selected as the Great West Coach of the Year by his peers and College Sports Madness after leading the Bears to their first Great West Conference regular-season title. Northern Colorado was chosen fifth in the GWC preseason poll but posted a 20-7 league record in Iwasaki’s third season. The Western Athletic Conference announces the Bears will join the league beginning in 2014.
2012: Iwasaki led the Bears to a fourth-place finish in the Great West Conference tournament.
2011: In his first season with the Bears, Iwasaki’s team went 19-7 in conference play.