The 2012 season will be the third for Chris Pfatenhauer at the University of Nevada. Pfatenhauer will once again coach first base, work with the infielders, assist with hitting, instruct on base running, and serve as the recruiting director for the Pack.
Under Pfatenhauer's guidance, Nevada baserunners stole 129 bases over the past two seasons. The Pack led the WAC with 34 stolen bases in WAC play in 2010 and Nevada hitters ranked in the top three in runs scored per game, doubles per game, triples per game, stolen bases per game, walks per game, and plate appearances per game that year as well.
Pfatenhauer came to Nevada in 2010 after spending two years at Chico State (Calif.) where he worked with the Wildcat hitters, infielders and taught base running. In addition he was the recruiting coordinator and assisted in all aspects of the baseball program. During his tenure the team posted a 77-38 record and were ranked as high as second nationally. Defensively the `Cats finished in the top 15 both years and the 2009 club ranked first in 15 offensive categories. Each of the last two seasons a Wildcat infielder was named to the National Rawlings Gold Glove team.
Prior to his stint at Chico State he spent three seasons at the College of the Ozarks (Mo.), the last two as the head coach. In three seasons the Bobcats posted a record of 88-74. During his time at College of the Ozarks he was in charge of all parts of the program. The 2005 squad made the school's first playoff appearances in 20 years and the 2006 club reached a national ranking of 17th, the highest in the program's history.
From 2001-04 he was the head baseball coach and taught physical education at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas were he led the Crusaders to a 97-23 record. He coached the squad to a pair of state titles and three Southern Nevada Championships while sending 12 players to play collegiate baseball. In 2003 and 2004 he was named AA State Baseball Coach of the Year and garnered AA Southern Nevada Coach of the Year honors three times.
In the summer of 1998 he started the College of Southern Nevada baseball program as a club team. He spent a year as an assistant coach at Treasure Valley Community College (Ore.) and at Glendale Community College (Calif.). In the summers of 1993, 1994 and 1995 he was an assistant coach with the Durango (Nev.) American Legion program. While living in Las Vegas from 1998-2004 he was an instructor at the Las Vegas Baseball Academy.
In 2000 he received a bachelor's degree in physical education from UNLV and earned a master's degree in education from Southwest Baptist (Mo.) in 2007.
He is married to the former Ashley Miller of Seymour, Mo. The couple has a daughter Cadence who turns six on April 17 and is expecting their second daughter, Colbie Madison, in September of 2011. His daughter Dylan Jessica is a freshman at Taft College where she plays volleyball.