Nicholas Enriquez joined the San Jose State University baseball coaching staff as an assistant in the fall of 2012. Enriquez entered the position with eight years of assistant coaching experience at the division I level with Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
At Dartmouth, Enriquez was responsible for instruction of hitters and infielders as well as on and off campus recruiting evaluations. He assisted the 2009 and 2010 teams that were crowned as Ivy League champions solidifying back-to-back appearances at an NCAA Regional. In 2010, the Big Green got its first victory at an NCAA Regional in 23 years. In 2012 the squad established the top mark in program history for fielding percentage (.977) and were tops in the Ivy League with a team batting average of .298. Enriquez assisted the 2011 Dartmouth baseball team that notched the school's first ever 30-win season.
The 2001 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. He coached three seasons from 2001-2004 instructing hitters and infielders.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jason Armstrong joined the San José State baseball team as a volunteer assistant in fall 2013. He serves as the team's hitting coach and also assists the team's infielders.
Before joining the Spartans, Armstrong was an assistant coach for the UC Davis Aggies during the 2011-12 seasons, and the volunteer assistant hitting coach during 2013. He worked specifically with Aggie outfielders and hitters, and was the first base coach during games.
In four years as the Aggies' hitting coach, Armstrong transformed the Big West's worst offensive team in 2010 into a top-three team in batting average, runs, hits, doubles, RBI's, total bases in 2013.
Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 from Trinity (Texas) University where he was an NCAA First-Team All-American shortstop. In addition, he was the 2004 SCAC and NCAA West Region player of the year as a senior. Armstrong holds eight of Trinity's single-season and career records.
Dave Nakama was appointed as head baseball coach of the Spartans in September 2012.
Nakama came to SJSU from the University of Washington where he was the associate head baseball coach. In a 20-plus year college coaching career, the Honolulu, Hawai'i native has 13 seasons of experience in the Pac-12 Conference divided between Washington (2010-12) and Stanford (1997-98, 2002-09).
Four times since 2002, Baseball America rated Stanford's recruiting classes in the top-10 nationally. Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ranked Washington's 2012 class among the best in the West.
In his 10 seasons at Stanford, the Cardinal won four Pac-10 Championships, five NCAA Regional crowns and appeared in the College World Series four times (1997, 2002, 2003, and 2008).
Tom Kunis, a nationally-regarded pitching coach with 19 seasons of NCAA Division I experience, returns for a third stint with the Spartans baseball program. The 2015 season will be Kunis' eighth as a Spartans assistant coach, having previously served from 1988-91 and 2009-11 under former skipper Sam Piraro.
Nakama and Kunis coached together for six seasons (2002-07) at Stanford under Mark Marquess, where the pair aided the Cardinal to two Pac-10 conference titles and five NCAA Tournament appearances, including three Super Regional appearances and two College World Series berths.
The 2011 San José State pitching staff topped the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in strikeouts (457), innings pitched (532.2) and fewest home runs allowed (17), and finished third in ERA (4.49). Juniors Roberto Padilla and Esteban Guzman finished with the third- and fourth-best ERAs in the conference at 3.19 and 3.33, respectively, earning Padilla first-team All-WAC recognition and Guzman second-team honors.