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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.
In his first five seasons in Greeley, Iwasaki has amassed an overall record of 110-164. 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 their first WAC Tournament in 2015, 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.
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.
2015 In his 5th 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.
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).
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.
Iwasaki led the Bears to a fourth-place finish in the Great West Conference tournament.
In his first season with the Bears, Iwasaki’s team went 19-7 in conference play.