Tony Nakashima has been named as the assistant coach for the Montana Western women’s basketball team, head coach Lindsay Woolley announced today. 

Nakashima will be entering into his seventh year of coaching, previously spending time at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. He also coached three years of high school basketball in Oregon and California, along with time spent coaching at the AAU level. 

Prior to his college hoops days, Nakashima was a high school standout. By the time his playing days were over at Portland Adventist Academy (Portland, Ore.), Tony was ranked 1st in steals, 2nd in 3-pointers made, 5th in assists, and 7th in career points. Nakashima was also named to the All-State Honorable Mentions team during his senior year. 

Tony went on to play college ball at Hawaii Pacific University before transferring to Pacific Union College to finish out his collegiate career. 

“Tony is going to bring some experience and energy to our staff,” head coach Lindsay Woolley said. “I think he is really going to thrive on the recruiting trail, and I know our players are going to be responsive to his style of coaching.”

tonymugTony Nakashima will be entering his first season with the Bulldogs, and his sixth overall after spending time at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. Nakashima coached two years at Portland Adventist Academy, one year at Sacred Heart High School, in Los Angeles, Calif., and was also an AAU coach for Team Concept in Portland, Ore.

In 2015-16, Nakashima helped the Swedes achieve a double digit win season for the first time since 2009. During that same season, he coached a player who earned all-conference honorable mention and made the all-conference defensive team.

Nakashima attended Portland Adventist Academy in Portland, Oregon and made all-state, all-league and was the team captain. After graduating high school Nakashima was a walk-on for a year at Hawaii Pacific University before transferring to Pacific Union College, where he tore is achillies tendon.

Prior to coaching, Nakashima was a high school teacher in Portland, Ore., an assistant at a talent agency in Hollywood, Calif., and an inside sales representative in San Diego, Calif.

Nakashima earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Pacific Union College. He is originally Portland, Ore.

 

Wassam-UMW-2Mitchell Wassam is a Columbia Falls, Mont., native who graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 2010. He has been involved with UMW basketball two seasons. 

He is entering his second year on the Bulldog staff after serving as an assistant junior varsity coach in 2013. He will be the head junior varsity coach for 2014. In addition to his junior varsity duties he will also assist head basketball coach Lindsay Woolley. Mitch has also gained experience coaching on the gridiron for three seasons. He served as the tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2011-13.

Mitch was a 10-time letter winner for the CFHS Wildcats. He earned four letters in both football and basketball. He was an all-conference and all-state performer on both the football field and basketball court. He was selected to participate in the Montana East-West Shrine game following his senior season. In addition to his football and basketball letters, he earned two letters in track.

He earned academic all-conference honors as well as an honor roll student during his prep career. He was named to the Dean's List eight times while attending Columbia Falls High School.

He will earn his degree from Montana Western in 2015.

Lindsay Woolley, Head Coach

woolleymugCoach Woolley is entering his fourth season at the helm of the UMW Women’s Basketball program. In his first year, 2012-13, the Bulldogs posted a 16-16 record (7-9 in conference) and made it to the semi-finals of the conference tournament before losing to NAIA National Tournament Semi-Finalist Westminster College. In 2013-14 UMW finished with a 15-13 record (8-8 in conference). Montana Western beat Great Falls in the opening round of the Frontier Conference tournament before losing to conference tournament champion Westminster. In 2014-15 the Bulldogs finished with 10-20 record (2-12 in conference) in a loaded Frontier Conference. The Frontier Conference sent five teams to the NAIA national tournament.

Coach Woolley spent the first eight years of his college coaching career at Miles Community College (Miles City, Mont.) coaching men’s and women’s basketball. During his 4 year run as the head coach of the MCC women’s basketball program, Woolley led his team to an overall record of 87-37 with a runner-up Mon-Dak Conference finish his first year followed by back-to-back Mon-Dak Conference Championships.

A Missoula, Mont. native, Woolley played high school basketball at Big Sky High School and was a member of the 1997 AA boy’s state championship team. After graduating from high school in 1998, Woolley attended Montana Tech playing both basketball and golf there before transferring to the University of Montana.

Woolley earned a bachelors degree in mathematics from Montana in 2004.

While at Montana, Woolley coached the Big Sky High School junior varsity basketball team for one season under the guidance of Montana Western alum Josh Laslovich.  

Woolley earned a masters degree in human performance and physical education from Adams State University (2012).

Woolley is married to Megan Bundy of Miles City, Mont. and the couple are parents to two-year old son, Avery.

 

Tony Nakashima, Head JV Coach/Varsity Assistant

 

tonymugTony Nakashima will be entering his first season with the Bulldogs, and his sixth overall after spending time at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. Nakashima coached two years at Portland Adventist Academy, one year at Sacred Heart High School, in Los Angeles, Calif., and was also an AAU coach for Team Concept in Portland, Ore.

In 2015-16, Nakashima helped the Swedes achieve a double digit win season for the first time since 2009. During that same season, he coached a player who earned all-conference honorable mention and made the all-conference defensive team.

Nakashima attended Portland Adventist Academy in Portland, Oregon and made all-state, all-league and was the team captain. After graduating high school Nakashima was a walk-on for a year at Hawaii Pacific University before transferring to Pacific Union College, where he tore is achillies tendon.

Prior to coaching, Nakashima was a high school teacher in Portland, Ore., an assistant at a talent agency in Hollywood, Calif., and an inside sales representative in San Diego, Calif.

Nakashima earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Pacific Union College. He is originally Portland, Ore.

 

 

woolleymugCoach Woolley is entering his fourth season at the helm of the UMW Women’s Basketball program. In his first year, 2012-13, the Bulldogs posted a 16-16 record (7-9 in conference) and made it to the semi-finals of the conference tournament before losing to NAIA National Tournament Semi-Finalist Westminster College. In 2013-14 UMW finished with a 15-13 record (8-8 in conference). Montana Western beat Great Falls in the opening round of the Frontier Conference tournament before losing to conference tournament champion Westminster. In 2014-15 the Bulldogs finished with 10-20 record (2-12 in conference) in a loaded Frontier Conference. The Frontier Conference sent five teams to the NAIA national tournament.

Coach Woolley spent the first eight years of his college coaching career at Miles Community College (Miles City, Mont.) coaching men’s and women’s basketball. During his 4 year run as the head coach of the MCC women’s basketball program, Woolley led his team to an overall record of 87-37 with a runner-up Mon-Dak Conference finish his first year followed by back-to-back Mon-Dak Conference Championships.

A Missoula, Mont. native, Woolley played high school basketball at Big Sky High School and was a member of the 1997 AA boy’s state championship team. After graduating from high school in 1998, Woolley attended Montana Tech playing both basketball and golf there before transferring to the University of Montana.

Woolley earned a bachelors degree in mathematics from Montana in 2004.

While at Montana, Woolley coached the Big Sky High School junior varsity basketball team for one season under the guidance of Montana Western alum Josh Laslovich.  

Woolley earned a masters degree in human performance and physical education from Adams State University (2012).

Woolley is married to Megan Bundy of Miles City, Mont. and the couple are parents to two-year old son, Avery.