CEDAR FALLS, Iowa– The UNI women’s basketball team is adding a familiar face to its coaching staff for the 2022-2023 season.
Former Panther Nate Oakland was called to the UNI women’s basketball coaching staff after gaining experience coaching at multiple levels of college basketball. Oakland will join UNI as the head coach’s assistant Tanya Warren. Oakland previously served as an assistant coach on the Panther coaching staff from 2006-2009.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring Nate back to UNI!” said Coach Warren. “He brings a lot of experience from different levels that will help our program continue to thrive. He has a bright offensive mind and a tremendous eye for talent. It’s a great day to officially welcome him and his family back into the Panther family. ”
Oakland spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Upper Iowa Peacocks at Fayette. While with the Peacocks, Oakland helped break the team’s record every year and coached two members of the NSIC All-Freshman team.
“I am very happy to be back at UNI!” says coach Oakland. “As hard as it is to leave the program at Upper Iowa University, this was an opportunity to return to a special program, athletic department and institution. My family and I are lifelong panthers and couldn’t be more excited to return to Cedar Falls. I am so grateful to Coach Warren and the entire team for this opportunity. Go Panthers!”
Before becoming the head coach of the Peacocks, Oakland spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the North Dakota State Bison women’s basketball team. He also held positions at Coe College (2015-2017, 2009-2011), Wartberg College (2011-2015), UNI (2006-2009) and the University of Minnesota-Morris (2005-06).
In addition to coaching basketball, Oakland managed the men’s golf team at Wartburg and the men’s and women’s tennis teams for three years while at Minnesota-Morris. Oakland is a graduate from Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in exercise psychology (2004) and a master’s degree in exercise psychology (2011).
A Cedar Falls native, Oakland is married to former Panther basketball player Alex Cook-Oakland. The couple reside in Cedar Falls with their five children, daughters Jordann and Quinncy and sons Eli, Kaiden and Maddox.