The Cal State Monterey Bay women’s basketball program made a short jaunt down Highway 101 to find its new leader, naming Cal Poly Associate Head Coach Kerri Nakamoto the seventh head coach in Otter women’s basketball history in July, 2013.
Nakamoto was appointed to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee starting in the Spring of 2016 for a four year term. She was also selected as a committee member for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Playing Rules & Officiating Group Committee and the WBCA NCAA Division II Coaches’ All-America Committee as well as the CCAA representative on the WBCA DII Top 25 Coaches’ Poll Committee.
The Otters have been steadily improving over the years. The Otters were ranked in the Top 25 of NCAA Division 2 schools for points allowed in the 2013-14 season. CSUMB has garnered 9 All CCAA All Academic awards over the past three seasons. Monterey Bay has had two All CCAA performers in Jenna Bandy and McKenna Hill. She has helped 10 student-athletes to graduate from CSUMB in her tenure. The Otters are heavily involved in community outreach in the Monterey Bay and Salinas areas.
Nakamoto spent eight seasons helping Cal Poly become a perennial Big West Conference contender. Nakamoto served in a variety of capacities on the Cal Poly staff, including player development, academic advising and recruiting. While at Cal Poly she aided in guiding the team to many record-breaking accomplishments including 21 All Big West award recipients. In the 2012-2013 season she helped Cal Poly make their first NCAA appearance in program history with a Big West Conference Tournament Championship. The previous two years the Mustangs were able to achieve back to back regular season Big West Championships in 10-11 and 11-12. Kerri has also coached and recruited four consecutive Big West Player of the Year award recipients (09-10, 10-11, 11-12 and 12-13).
Nakamoto earned her Master’s in Education specializing in school counseling from Cal Poly in 2009. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Nakamoto was an Assistant Coach for two seasons (03-04 and 04-05) at her alma mater where she was also an All-WCC performing student-athlete as well from 1999-2003. Nakamoto is a San Jose, CA native who attended Archbishop Mitty High School for her prep days.