Nathan Daume is entering his third season as a member of the Eagles women's basketball coaching staff.
Daume came to FGCU from Hutchinson Community College, where he spent five years serving as their Head Coach. He was only the fifth women's head coach in the program's 33-year history. Daume left Hutchinson CC with a career record of 97-59.
Daume led Hutchinson CC to three 20-win seasons, including a 23-8 record in 2005, the fifth-best season in HCC women's basketball history. In his final season, the HCC women finished the season 21-11 and lost in the quarterfinals of the Region VI Tournament. His 97 wins place him fourth on the HCC women's coaching list.
Defensive strategy is something that Daume brings to FGCU. HCC ranked in the Top 10 nationally in scoring defense in four of Daume's five seasons; three times they were ranked fourth or better. His 2004 team was No. 1 in the nation, allowing only 48.0 points per game. In seventy of the 154 games that Daume coached at HCC, his teams limited opponents to less than 50 points. On 35 of those occasions, HCC allowed less than 40 points. Hutchinson also allowed 70 points or more only 10 times during Daume’s tenure.
During his time at Hutchinson CC, Daume had great success in moving players on to the four-year level. In five seasons, eight of his players moved on to the Division I level, six more to Division II and four others to NAIA schools.
Before taking over at Hutchinson, Daume spent six seasons at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan. From 1996 to 1998, Daume served as the assistant men's coach with the Greyhounds. Then in July of 1998, he was named Fort Scott's new head women's basketball coach.
Over a span of four seasons, Coach Daume's teams compiled a 63-62 record.
Coach Daume's 2001-2002 team finished with a 24-9 record and advanced to the Region VI tournament semifinals before losing to eventual NJCAA national champion Seward County.
After that season, Daume was named Jayhawk East Coach of the Year and three players from that Fort Scott team moved on to Division I programs.
From 1994 to 1996, Daume served as a student assistant at the University of Missouri under Head Coach Norm Stewart.
After graduating from Oak Ridge High School in Missouri, Daume attended Southeast Missouri State. After a season of junior college baseball at Jefferson College, Daume transferred to the University of Missouri and earned his bachelors degree in December 1994.