one step closer to the big leagues



JANUARY 2, 2018 - KLAMATH FALLS, OR:  Nick Gauna has been named Manager for the Klamath Falls Gems.  Coach Gauna comes back to the Klamath Basin for the 2018 campaign with the Gems after coaching at Oregon Tech Univesrity from 2015 – 2017. During his time as the pitching coach at Oregon Tech he helped the Owls increase win totals each of the three years, with the 2017 staff had the lowest ERA since 2011, lowest WHIP in program history, and the most strikeouts since 2009. Along with being the pitching coach he was also a recruiting coordinator.

Prior to Oregon Tech, he coached two seasons at Kansas Wesleyan University where he coached three all conference pitchers.  He has also coached at  Friends University and at Brown Mackie College.

He also expereince coaching at the summer collegiate level.  In 2016, he was the Head Coach of the Glenwood Springs Geckos  (Mountain West Summer Collegiate Baseball League). The Geckos won the MWSCBL league and tournament title compiling a 26-6 record. His team amassed 44 home runs in 32 games, recorded a league record 26 total wins, saw one player drafted in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft, and also coached the league MVP.

In 2014, he was an Assistant Coach for the Palm Spring Power (Southern California Collegiate Baseball League).  That summer the team went 41-8, winning its fourth consecutive league title. Power players would end up winning both Player and Pitcher of the Year. Eleven players from that year’s team went on to be drafted or signed to play professionally.

Nick is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, KS with a degree in Marketing in 2009. He is currently attending Emporia State University pursuing his Masters Degree in Business Education.

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