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Red Raiders Chris Nachtigall Earns 100th Win

Northwestern logoOrange City Iowa — Morgan Means recorded her second shutout of the season in game one and Laura Hurley drove in a career-high six runs in game two in leading Northwestern to a sweep over Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC doubleheader played Monday in Orange City. With the wins, head coach Chris Nachtigall reached 100 victories in his three-plus seasons as the Red Raiders head coach. Nachtigall has a 100-65 all-time record, leading Northwestern to a pair of GPAC regular season titles.

Nachtigall has guided Northwestern to a pair of top-three finishes in his two years, finishing tied for third in 2013 with a 13-7 mark. The Raiders went 1-2 at the GPAC championship and finished 26-22 overall. Northwestern set a program record of 128 stolen bases during the 2013 season, the fourth highest total in the NAIA.

In 2012, Nachtigall returned the Red Raiders to national prominence. Under his direction, the Red Raiders won the GPAC regular season title, their first since 2002, with an impressive 16-2 league mark and earning the top seed in the postseason tournament.  Northwestern finished the year with a 33-13 record, tied for the seventh most wins in the program’s history, and was ranked in the NAIA coaches’ poll throughout the year.

Nachtigall earned GPAC Coach of the Year honors in 2012 and 12 Red Raider players have earned all-conference honors during his time as coach. In addition, five players were named NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Nachtigall came to Northwestern after spending the previous four years at Iowa Mennonite School, where he served as athletic director, admissions director and softball coach. He also served as an assistant coach for the boys basketball program and was the head girls varsity basketball coach., leading his team to its first tournament win in nine years. Nachtigall was named SEISC and Southeast District Softball Coach of the Year in 2009.

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