University of Northern Colorado Coach
Kainoa Correa is entering his fourth season at UNC and his third as a full-time assistant. He was promoted from volunteer assistant to full-time assistant coach in August 2015. Correa currently serves as the overall Defensive Coordinator, Infield Coach, & Third Base Coach. In addition to his on-field duties, he also coordinates recruiting.
In 2017, his first season at the offensive play caller and third base coach, the Bear offense tallied 284 total runs, the highest run total since joining the WAC in 2014. The Bear defense put together another solid season, finishing WAC play with a .971 in conference fielding percentage. In his second full cycle as a full time recruiter, Correa secured the commitment of 9 impact student athletes in the ’17 class from Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, & Louisiana.
During the 2016 campain, Correa’s first as Defensive Coordinator, the Bears set a program record for fielding percentage at .968. Bear infielders fielded .970, good enough for second in the WAC. On the base pathes, the Bears stole 50+ bases for the second consecutive season. In his first season as a full time recruiter, Correa assisted Coach Spiehs with the commitment of 18 student athletes in the ’16 class, 6 from the state of Colorado and 9 from the western US. These include 2017 All-WAC outfielder Jack Pauley and 2017 WAC Freshman of the Year finalist Troy Watson.
In 2015, his first season in Greeley, Correa helped to guide UNC to their first WAC tournament since returning to Division I in 2004. Under his direction Bear baserunners stole 57 bags overall and 35 in conference play, which ranked second amongst WAC teams. Senior centerfielder Jensen Park stole a career high 13 bases on his way to winning WAC Player of the Year award. Under his tutelage Senior third baseman Brandon Vaughn fielded a career high .977 and was named to the All-WAC second team. As Director of On Campus Recruitment, Correa has helped to lead a westward recruiting expansion.
Prior to coming to UNC, Correa spent three seasons as the Head Assistant at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He originally joined the Puget Sound baseball staff in 2011 after a four-year playing career for Puget Sound. As Head Assistant, Correa served as recruiting coordinator, infield coach, and third-base coach. He also oversaw Puget Sound’s overall team defense, strength and conditioning program, and academic advising.
In three seasons with the program, Correa transitioned the Puget Sound defense from one of the statistically lowest ranking team defenses in the West Region to one of the top 40 defenses in all of Division III baseball (368 total teams). In 2014, Correa directed a record setting team defense that finished with a .963 fielding percentage, which ranks first all-time in school history.
As Puget Sound’s Recruiting Coordinator he helped to transform the Logger roster into the most geographically diverse team in the NWC. In his 3 years as Recruiting Coordinator, Coach Correa orchestrated the addition of 27 signees, 6 of whom went on to receive All-NWC selections, and 2 who were voted to the All-West Region team.
The Puget Sound baseball program also thrived in the classroom during Correa’s tenure on the staff. In the spring of 2014 the team’s cumulative GPA rose to an impressive 3.22, ranking first amongst all male sports in the Puget Sound Athletic Department.
Correa is currently in his second summer with USA baseball as the head coach of the USA NTIS Northwest 17U Head Coach. He has also served as an infield instructor, player evaluator, and guest speaker at Top 96, Trosky Baseball, ABD, ABC, Base by Pros, Stanford University, University of Kansas, and University of Washington baseball camps.
As a player, Correa was an All-Conference Infielder at Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawaii, helping to lead Waiakea to back-to-back top 3 state finishes. Collegiately at Puget Sound, he played second base, third base, and shortstop from 2007-2011. As a senior captain, he was a key contributor in Puget Sound’s 2011-second place conference finish, the school’s best finsih since joinign the Northwest Conference in 2000.
Coach Correa graduated from Puget Sound in 2011 with a degree in History. He currently resides in Windsor, Colorado.