Coaching Staff

Chris Victor
Associate Head Coach

Chris Victor was named the associate head coach on the Seattle University men's basketball coaching staff on April 12, 2017.

Victor maed the trip west from Cheney, Wash., where he served as an assistant on Jim Hayford’s staff at Eastern Washington for the past two seasons. His first season on the Eagle coaching staff was punctuated by Eastern’s first-ever victory in a national postseason tournament as a member of NCAA Division I when the Eagles beat Pepperdine 79-72 in the College Basketball Invitational. The Eagles went 22-12 and returned to the CBI in 2016-17.

“Chris is one of the brightest young basketball minds on the West Coast,” said Hayford. “He was very successful junior college head coach in California. I am very fortunate to have had him join my staff for the last two years at Eastern and to continue his coaching journey with me at Seattle University.”

Victor led the Owls to 103 victories in his five seasons at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., a member of the Western State Conference and the California Community College Athletic Association. He won 73 percent of his games overall (103-39) and 73 percent in league play (44-16) with a pair of CCCAA Final Four appearances and one league title.

“I am extremely excited to join Coach Hayford’s staff and the Seattle University family,” said Victor. “I am honored to be a part of this prestigious university and the rich Seattle basketball tradition. Coach Hayford has created a championship culture everywhere he's been, and I look forward to helping him build that here at Seattle U.”

Victor spent four seasons as a top assistant at Concordia University in Irvine under head coach Ken Amman. In that span, Concordia went 118-23, won three out of four Golden State Athletic Conference Championships and made four-straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, even appearing in the national title game in 2006-07.

Prior to his coaching career, Victor was a decorated player at Concordia, playing a key role in helping the Eagles advance to the NAIA championship game in both 2003 and 2004. In the 2003 title game, Victor scored a season-high 26 points and dished out nine assists as he helped lead Concordia to its first national championship in program history. Victor helped his school to a 90-21 record, and is ranked in the top 10 all-time in points and 3-pointers, and is third all-time in assists and steals for Concordia.

He received his bachelor of arts degree in 2004 as a business marketing major with a mathematics minor. He earned his master’s degree from Concordia in 2010 in coaching and athletic administration.


Nick Robinson
Assistant Coach

Nick Robinson was named an assistant coach on the Seattle University men's basketball caoching staff on April 12, 2017.

Robinson joins the Seattle U staff after spending four seasons as the head coach at Southern Utah University. During his tenure, he had 20 student-athletes earn Big Sky Academic All-Conference honors, five named to the NABC Honors Court, one NABC Academic Excellence Team (2012-13) and two All-Big Sky selections.

“Nick and I competed as head coaches against each other in the Big Sky Conference,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “Prior to that, he was a member of very successful coaching staffs at Louisiana State and Stanford, and enjoyed an outstanding winning career as a player for the Cardinal.”

Before his tenure at SUU, Robinson was on staff at Louisiana State University, where he spent three seasons (2009-12) and contributed to the program’s return to post season play after a two-year drought and the development of one future NBA player. Prior to his time at LSU, Robinson served one season (2008-09) on the staff at William Jewell College where they defeated the No. 1 team in the country in the first round of the NAIA DI Tournament.

"I'm grateful to join Coach Hayford's staff and be a part of the Seattle U family,” Robinson said. “The values of the University, the community support and the chance to develop student-athletes at a great institution are what excite me the most heading into the future."

Before his stint at William Jewell, Robinson served two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Stanford University. He contributed to the development of three future NBA players and assisted the team as they reached the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the 2008 NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the Sweet 16.

Robinson played his college basketball at Stanford from 2001-05, where he was instrumental in guiding the Cardinal to an impressive 92-34 record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament, a Pac-10 championship, and a No. 1 national ranking during the 2003-04 season.

After redshirting in 2000-01, Robinson went on to start 67 of the 110 games he played in.  Known for his outstanding defensive play and leadership abilities, Robinson was named Best Defensive Player three times by his teammates and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons.

Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. He and his wife, Meagan, are the parents of four children, Annie, Tate, Toby and Elsie.


Jesse Nakaniski
Director of Operations

Jesse Nakaniski was named the director of operations for Seattle University men’s basketball staff on Aug. 21, 2017. Nakanishi comes to Seattle U from Hawaii Pacific University, where he served on the men's basketball coaching staff from 2011-17.

“Jesse is a great addition to our staff after being an integral part of the successes at Hawaii Pacific in recent years,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “I have known Jesse for more than 15 years and have always been impressed by his dedication to the job and commitment to the players.”

At HPU, Nakanishi was promoted to associate head coach in 2013 and served in that role until accepting the Seattle U position. He was involved in all aspects of the HPU program including player development, recruiting nationally and internationally, scouting, scheduling, travel coordination, academic supervision, budget management, fundraising and marketing.

“I’m extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity Coach Hayford has provided me,” said Nakanishi. “Coach Hayford is a proven winner at the Division I level and I've admired watching his program from afar. This is an incredible chance for me to learn from not only him, but three other proven DI coaches. I hope to contribute from the invaluable experiences Coach Vorderbrugge provided me at HPU in turning this program around into a conference champion and national tournament participant.”

The Sharks qualified for the PacWest Conference Tournament all five seasons that Nakanishi was at HPU. He recruited and developed eight All-PacWest Conference selections, four of which were multi-year honorees.

In 2016-17, HPU finished with a 29-3 overall record and 20-2 PacWest mark, earning the second seed in the West Region of the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The Sharks were ranked as high as No. 3 in the NABC National Poll during the season.

Before joining HPU on the sidelines, Nakanishi built a high school juggernaut at his alma mater, Kamehameha-Kapalama. In eight seasons at the helm (1999-2011), his teams finished with an overall record of 174-65, participated in prestigious tournaments around the nation, and qualified for seven state tournaments. After a 17-year drought for Kamehameha, his team won the State Championship in 2009 and 2011 with a runner-up finish in 2010.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Nakanishi graduated from and competed for Kamehameha Secondary School. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, earning his bachelor of arts degree in sociology/anthropology with a minor in East Asian Studies in 1999. Nakanishi earned his master’s degree in counseling & guidance at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2002.