University of Northern Colorado Baseball Camps

Coaching Staff

 

JAKE EK

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT | 1ST SEASON

Originally from Columbus, NE, Ek graduated from Columbus High School in 2012. Went on to play baseball at Hutchinson Community College in 2013-2014 being the starting short stop both years while getting an Associates Degree. He continued playing at University of Northern Colorado in 2015-2016 studying Sports an Exercise Science with an emphasis on coaching. Ek started at short stop for both years and was part of the first WAC tournament appearance in 2015 and then again in 2016.

After playing he continued school and helped out with the team in any way possible. In the spring of 2018 he was hired on to be the volunteer assistant working with the infielders/first base coach and director of ops. Ek will start his first full season this year with the same title.

 

NICK CHILDS

PITCHING COACH | 2ND SEASON

Nick Childs comes to UNC from Regis University in Denver, CO. Childs is a Colorado native who received his Master’s Degree from UNC in 2015 while serving as the graduate assistant. During his two years at Regis, Childs served as the pitching coach, camp director and played a large part in recruiting. In those two years, Regis finished in the top three in the RMAC in ERA including being ranked 2nd in 2018 which hadn’t been done since 2013. The 2018 staff also finished 2nd in strikeouts, 3rd in opponent batting average, and 3rd in walks.

In 2018, Childs coached the RMAC Pitcher of the Year, Brad Thoutt, who signed a professional contract with the Lincoln Saltdogs at the end of the year. In addition, the Rangers had two South Central All Region pitchers, three named RMAC First Team Conference and one honorable mention. The 2017 staff featured two RMAC All Conference pitchers, as well.

As a team, in Childs two years at Regis, they maintained a GPA over 3.0 in all four semesters including winning the Brechler Award for highest team GPA in the RMAC in 2017. In addition, the Rangers had back-to-back seasons .500 or better which had not been done in the past 20 years. The Rangers also qualified for the RMAC Tournament in both years.

Before Regis, Childs served as the pitching coach and lead assistant at the University of Science and arts of Oklahoma. Childs also worked as the camp director, outfielders coach and first-base coach. As the pitching coach, Childs helped the pitching staff to lead the NAIA in Strikeouts (603) and opponent batting average (.209). The staff also ranked second in the NAIA with a 2.56 ERA.

The pitching staff also featured a 7th round draft pick and free-agent-signee who were both All-Americans. In the one year that Childs spent at USAO, they set a record for wins in a season, won the first conference championship in school history, and qualified for the NAIA World Series for the first time in school history. In one recruiting class,

Childs signed one NAIA All American and two pitchers who would later sign minor league contracts. Childs has strong recruiting ties in CO, AZ, TX, OK, and CA.

Prior to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Childs assumed the graduate assistant role at the University of Northern Colorado where he earned his Master’s degree in Sports Administration.

From 2011-2014, Childs was the Pitching Coach (2011-2013) and Head Coach (2013-2014) for Colorado State University NCBA team as well as coaching high school travel baseball during those summers.

Childs is graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, CO. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Technical Communication from Colorado State University in 2011, and then received a Master’s from UNC.  

 

COREY NAKAKURA

TBA | 1ST SEASON