Eric Nakagawa - "ENak"
Eric Nakagawa is a co-host, and the webmaster, of Strike 3 Podcast.
Eric started umpiring scholastic baseball in 2013. He currently works NAIA, Junior College (all 6 Northern California conferences), and high school baseball. Eric also umpires during the off-season, working college summer league and independent league baseball, along with various men’s and youth leagues. Mr. Nakagawa is the 2021 Pecos League "Umpire of the Year." Eric's post-season experience includes the Pecos League playoffs (finals (cc) and semi-finals(cc)), NAIA CalPac Conference Championships, California High School Sectional (NCS) Finals, as well as crew chief for multiple Sectional (NCS and CCS) semi-final games, and college summer league finals and semi-finals.
Mr Nakagawa is the co-founder of West Coast Umpire Camps, (WCUC), which is a joint partnership between Eric Nakagawa of Professional Officiating, LLC and Michael Wraa of the Golden State Sports Officials Association in the hopes of providing an affordable, fun, and professional umpire training environment.
Eric is the Executive Director, and primary assignor, of North East Bay Umpire Association, (NEB), which trains and assigns baseball umpires for high school contests in Marin, West Alameda, Solano and West Contra Costa counties. He also assists Choice Officials in San Jose, and is a roster member of NCOA-North.
Mr Nakagawa is the President, and primary assignor, of Professional Officiating, LLC, which assigns independent and college summer league baseball, along with various men's and youth recreational leagues and teams.
Eric is happily married to his wife of thirteen years, Jill, and they have six grown children. He currently is an IT Strategist, specializing in information system and security policies and system design, with an emphasis on information security and alignment of technical infrastructure with business strategies, and IT Project Management. Mr. Nakagawa’s diverse career has included leading NCAA compliance audits for a major West Coast private university; Program Manager for a University’s enterprise learning management solution; authored, implemented and audited corporate information security and privacy policies and systems; designed and implemented technical infrastructures and international business continuity plans. Eric started his professional career as a tax accountant.
For fun, Eric has coached baseball at the high school and youth levels, and enjoys music, exploring technologies and gardening. He can be spotted hiking with his dog, Sunshine, on various trails and parks throughout Northern California.