CEDAR FALLS – The UNI women’s basketball team is adding a familiar face for the 2022-2023 season to its coaching staff.
Former Panther Nate Oakland has been named to the UNI women’s basketball coaching staff after experience coaching at multiple levels of collegiate basketball. Oakland will join UNI as an Assistant Coach to Head Coach Tanya Warren. Oakland previously worked on the Panther coaching staff from 2006-2009 as an assistant coach.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring Nate back to UNI!” said Coach Warren. “He brings in a lot of experience from various levels that will help our program continue to succeed. He has a bright offensive mind and a tremendous eye for talent. It’s a great day to get him and his family officially back in the Panther family.”
Oakland has spent the past three seasons as the Head Coach of the Upper Iowa Peacocks in Fayette. During his time with the Peacocks, Oakland helped improved the team’s record each year and coached two members of the NSIC All-Freshman Team.
“I am very excited to be back at UNI!” says Coach Oakland. “As tough 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 could not be more thrilled to return to Cedar Falls. I’m so thankful to Coach Warren and the entire staff for this opportunity. Go Panthers!”
Before becoming the Head Coach of the Peacocks, Oakland spent two seasons with the North Dakota State Bison women’s basketball team as an assistant coach. He has also had stops at Coe College (2015-2017, 2009-2011), Wartberg College (2011-2015), UNI (2006-2009), and University of Minnesota-Morris (2005-06).
In addition to coaching basketball, Oakland also led the men’s golf team at Wartburg for three years and the men’s and women’s tennis teams during his time at Minnesota-Morris. Oakland is a Northern Iowa graduate with a bachelors in sports psychology (2004) and a masters in sports psychology (2011).
Oakland is a Cedar Falls native and is married to former Panther women’s basketball player Alex Cook-Oakland. The two reside in Cedar Falls with their five children, daughters Jordann and Quinncy and sons Eli, Kaiden and Maddox.