EUGENE, Ore. -- Head soccer coach Kat Mertz has announced the hiring of Hideki Nakada (pronounced: hid-ecky) as an assistant coach for the University of Oregon women’s soccer program. Nakada will serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator in addition to working with the team’s defenders and goalkeepers.
“I am very excited to have Hideki join our Duck family. He brings with him a wealth of experience in coaching and building championship programs,” Mertz said. “I am looking forward to working with him while we continue our goal of building a championship program.”
Nakada spent the last four seasons at Marquette University where he oversaw the program’s goalkeeping contingent as well as assisting in day-to-day team operations. MU won its first-ever BIG EAST title in 2012, tallying 18 wins while setting a school-record with 17 shutouts. The Golden Eagles advanced to the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament before losing to BYU in penalty kicks, 6-5.
Nakada mentored Marquette goalkeeper Natalie Kulla to BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons (2010, 2011) and also All-BIG EAST First Team status in those same years. Kulla finished her career at Marquette as the all-time shutouts leader (43), while also ranking first for career goals against average (0.74).
“The goalkeepers that Hideki has trained and developed are proven winners. He has a great ability to connect with players and help them reach their fullest potential,” Mertz added.
Nakada started at Marquette in May of 2009 after spending three seasons as an assistant at Idaho State. While overseeing the goalkeepers at ISU, Nakada helped the Bengals to a 2006 Big Sky regular season championship, the Big Sky Tournament title, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. During his tenure, Nakada also handled scouting, travel, strength and conditioning and other day-to-day aspects of the team.
Under Nadaka's guidance, Lyndsay Gensler received Big Sky All-Conference honors in 2006 and was named the Big Sky Conference Tournament MVP after helping the Bengals claim the tournament title over Sacramento State, 4-3, on penalty kicks.
Another one of Nakada's keepers, Maren Eves, recorded the most saves in the Big Sky Conference and the second-best goals against average for the 2007 season. Following the 2007 season, Eves was awarded All-Big Sky Honorable Mention status, while teammate Bailey Williams also earned All-Big Sky Honorable Mention accolades following the 2008 season.
Prior to his stint at Idaho State, Nakada served as an assistant coach for the George Washington High School soccer team in San Francisco.
Nakada played two years at the University of San Francisco (2001-02), and spent two seasons playing professionally in Japan with Omiya Ardija (2003-04). Nakada graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2005 with a degree in sociology.
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