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Head Coach Chris Nachtigall

"As a Northwestern softball player, you will grow as a whole person. We push our athletes daily to not only perform well on the field but also in life. We want our young women to be women of integrity and faith. On the field, we want to play at a high level but it is not about the outcome of a game. Rather, it is about our quality of play. We want our athletes to be more concerned with how we perform as a team than how we perform individually. We strive to create an atmosphere of togetherness in our softball program."

--Head Coach Chris Nachtigall


Coach Nachtigall is entering his seventh year as the head softball coach at Northwestern and has an overall record of 156-130. In the four years Nachtigall has been at NWC his teams have amassed the best record in conference play going 74-46 over that time. His teams have placed in the top three 4 out of 6 years and top five 5 out of 6 years. The team accomplished multiple records including 4th most home runs (2012), most stolen bases (2013) and best overall fielding percentage in a season(2012). Coach Nachtigall also earned GPAC coach of the year in 2012. “At Northwestern our goal is to play without fear. We want to take that attitude on and off the field, putting full effort into being people that will help change the world for good.” Coach Nachtigall

Family: wife-Marena; children-Cohen,Eden and Ayla.

Alma Mater (Year): Iowa Wesleyan (2007)

Coaching Experience:

  • 2012-present: Head Softball Coach at Northwestern College
  • 2008-11: Softball Coach at Iowa Mennonite High School
  • 2008-11: Head Girls Basketball Coach at Iowa Mennonite
  • 2008-11: Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Iowa Mennonite
  • 2001-03: Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Hesston College

Team Accomplishments Under Nachtigall:

  • Four trips to the conference postseason tournament
  • Two GPAC Championships (2012, 2014)
  • Four straight finishes within the top three of the GPAC Regular Season
  • Earned first national ranking (2012) since the 2003 season
  • Received votes in the final 2012 NAIA Coaches' poll
  • Named an NAIA Scholar Team each season
  • 14 NAIA Scholar Athletes
  • 26 All-Conference Players

Other Coaching Accomplishments:

  • Named 2012 GPAC Coach of the Year after leading team to first GPAC title since 2002
  • 2013 season-team finished fourth in the NAIA in stolen bases
  • Ranked among the top three teams in the GPAC in fielding four straight years