Nakanishi Named Director of Ops for Seattle Men’s Hoops |

SEATTLE – (Aug. 21) Jesse Nakanishi has joined the Seattle University men’s basketball staff as the director of operations, Head Coach Jim Hayford announced Monday. Nakanishi joins the Redhawks’ staff from Hawaii Pacific University, where he served on the coaching staff from 2011-17.

“Jesse is a great addition to our staff after being an integral part of the successes at Hawaii Pacific in recent years,” said Hayford. “I have known Jesse for more than 15 years and have always been impressed by his dedication to the job and commitment to the players.”

At HPU, Nakanishi was promoted to associate head coach in 2013 and served in that role until accepting the Seattle U position. He was involved in all aspects of the HPU program including player development, recruiting nationally and internationally, scouting, scheduling, travel coordination, academic supervision, budget management, fundraising and marketing.

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