Chris Nachtigall Head Coach

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Chris Nachtigall

Head Coach

Jillian Kleinhesselink

Assistant Coach

Tracy Jacobsma

Assistant Coach

Chris Nachtigall is in his sixth season as the head of the Northwestern College softball program. He holds a 133-106 overall record, owning a .556 winning percentage during his tenure. Nachtigal is also in charge of the athletic events staff at NWC.

Family: wife-Marena; children-Cohen, Eden and Ayla.

Alma Mater (Year): Iowa Wesleyan (2007)

Coaching Experience

2012-present: Head Softball Coach at Northwestern College

2008-11: Softball Coach at Iowa Mennonite High School

2008-11: Head Girls Basketball Coach at Iowa Mennonite

2008-11: Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Iowa Mennonite

2001-03: Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Hesston College

Team Accomplishments Under Nachtigall

Four trips to the conference postseason tournament

Two GPAC Championships (2012, 2014)

Four finishes within the top three of the GPAC Regular Season

Earned first national ranking (2012) since the 2003 season

Received votes in the final 2012 NAIA Coaches' poll

Named an NAIA Scholar Team each season

14 NAIA Scholar Athletes

26 All-Conference Players

Other Coaching Accomplishments:

named 2012 GPAC Coach of the Year after leading team to first GPAC title since 2002

2013 season-team finished fourth in the NAIA in stolen bases

ranked among the top three teams in the GPAC in fielding percentage four years

"As a Northwestern softball player, you will grow as a whole person. We push our athletes daily to not only perform well on the field but also in life. We want our young women to be women of integrity and faith. On the field, we want to play at a high level but it is not about the outcome of a game. Rather, it is about our quality of play. We want our athletes to be more concerned with how we perform as a team than how we perform individually. We strive to create an atmosphere of togetherness in our softball program."  


Coach Nachtigall at Northwestern
Year GPAC Overall Notes
2016 8-14 (9th) 20-29 9th in GPAC
2015 12-8 (T3rd) 23-24 1-2 in GPAC Tournament
2014 15-5 (T1st) 31-18 0-2 in GPAC Tournament
2013 13-7 (T3rd) 26-22 went 1-2 in postseason GPAC Tournament
2012 16-2 (1st) 33-13 went 1-2 in postseason GPAC Tournament; 7th most wins
  64-36 133-106