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Coaching Staff

Nat Wagner | Assistant Coach

Nat Wagner enters his second season as an assistant softball coach at Augustana in 2017-18.

Wagner helped guide Augustana to an NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season in 2017. The Vikings finished 40-16 in 2017, including 21-5 in NSIC play which was good for a third-place finish in the final league standings. Augustana made its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight seasons in 2017, advancing to the Central Region 2 Tournament title game.

Augustana batted .337 as a team in 2017, the fifth highest mark in a single season and stole 83 bases, the second most in a single season.  
 
Wagner brings an extensive coaching background with him to Augustana after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons as an assistant coach at Valley City State University. During Wagner’s tenure as an assistant coach at Valley City State, the Vikings went 64-35 over two seasons, including a 40-13 record in 2016.
 
Wagner served as the lead recruiting coordinator at Valley City State and corresponded with all incoming recruits and coordinated visits. He also assisted in leading youth clinics and fundraising for the VCSU softball program.
 
Prior to joining the staff at VCSU, Wagner spent two seasons as the head coach at New Prague High Scholl in Minnesota where he was the conference and section coach of the year following the 2014 season. He led New Prague to the school’s first conference and state championships in softball in school history.
 
Wagner began his coaching career in 1997 as the head coach at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. He returned to Minnesota in 2006 as the head coach at The Blake School where he led his team to a conference title. He then coached at Hopkins High School leading the Royals to consecutive conference and section titles and two state tournament appearances.


Caitlin Wnek | Graduate Assistant Coach

Caitlin Wnek enters her second season as a graduate assistant coach with the Augustana softball program in 2016-17.

Wnek helped the Vikings to a 40-16 record in 2017, including 21-5 in NSIC play, which was good for a third place finish in the final league standings. Augustana made its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight seasons in 2017, advancing to the Central Region 2 Tournament title game.

Augustana batted .337 as a team in 2017, the fifth highest mark in a single season and stole 83 bases, the second most in a single season.  
 
Wnek joins Augustana after a stellar playing career at the University of Northern Iowa where she was a four-year lettterwinner and All-Scholar athlete. She graduated as Northern Iowa’s all-time leader in career doubles with 56 and earned All-MVC First Team honors her senior season.
 
She batted .323 with a team-leading 18 doubles in 2016 while batting .388 with 19 RBI in conference play her senior campaign. She struck out just two times in 161 at-bats her senior year. Wnek was named the Newcomer of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference her freshman season in 2013 after batting .290 with 14 doubles and 17 RBI. She started four straight seasons for UNI at shortstop.
 
Wnek was named All-MVC Second Team as a sophomore and junior before earning first team honors her senior year.
 
A native of Amana, Iowa, Wnek is pursuing her master’s degree in sports administration and leadership at Augustana.


Kim Bazata | Pitching Coach

Kim Bazata (Westendorf) is in her first season as Augustana softball’s pitching coach in 2016-17.
 
Bazata is currently the head softball coach at Sioux Falls Washington and also coaches the Sioux Falls Diamond Gold Team.
 
A native of Mankato, Minnesota, Bazata played three seasons at South Dakota State University from 2005-07. She compiled a 34-52 career record at SDSU, recording five shutouts and five saves. Bazata compiled a 3.19 ERA in 118 appearances for the Jackrabbits and struck out 364 batters in 520.1 innings pitched.
 
Bazata was named to the Division I All-Independent team twice and the Division I All-Academic Team three times. She then transferred to North Dakota State University where she played one season and helped the Bison to an NCAA Super Regional appearance.
 
Bazata has over 20 years of coaching experience, primarily working with pitchers