Complete Player Development # – Nate Trosky is joined by Troy Nakamura
Topic: Complete Player Development
Troy Nakamura Bio:
Troy Nakamura is no stranger to The Hilltop and enters his 26th season associated with USF baseball in the 2020 season. He was promoted in the summer of 2013 to associate head coach after spending the previous 15 years as one of head coach Nino Giarratano’s assistants. Nakamura has played a critical role in the recruitment and development of student-athletes.
During his coaching career at USF, Nakamura has coached 11 outfielders to 15 total first team all-West Coast Conference honors, including All-Americans Taggert Bozied, Scott Cousins and Bradley Zimmer, along with Pete Lavin.
Cousins made his Major League debut in 2010 with the Florida Marlins and enjoyed a four-year MLB career with the Marlins and Los Angeles Angels. Zimmer was selected 21st overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 2014 MLB Draft and made his Major League debut with the Indians on May 16, 2017. Lavin was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 20th round after finishing in the top-six in the WCC in 12 offensive categories en route to being named a 2011 ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove winner and All-West Region Second Team.
During his playing career, Nakamura was considered one of the hardest working and grittiest baseball players to ever grace Benedetti Diamond. He finished a stellar four-year career in 1998 by hitting .307 and stealing a career-high 19 bases. Nakamura also put together a strong junior campaign by establishing career highs for batting average (.312) and hits (54).
An excellent performer in the classroom, Nakamura was named to the WCC All-Academic Team following his junior and senior years and is one of just three players in program history to earn two such selections.
Nakamura graduated from USF in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration.
A native of Honolulu, Nakamura graduated from Iolani High School where he lettered in both football and baseball. He enjoys surfing and body boarding in his free time and currently resides in Pacifica with his wife, Danielle, and their dog, Winston.
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