Pfatenhauer Joins Nevada Baseball Staff
The 2011 season will be the second for Chris Pfatenhauer at the University of Nevada. In addition to Pfatenhauer's duties from last season of coaching third base, working with the infielders, assisting with hitting, and instruction on base running, he is now the recruiting director for the Pack.
Under Pfatenhauer's guidance, Nevada baserunners stole a WAC-leading 85 bases during non-conference play in 2010. The Pack's 34 stolen bases in WAC play were also a conference best. 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. Defensively, Nevada made the second fewest errors in the conference and posted the WAC's third highest fielding percentage at .967.
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.
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 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.