Nolan Soete joined the PLU baseball coaching staff prior to the 2007 season and became the assistant head coach prior to the 2011 season. He took over as the program’s head coach in June 2015, after previously serving stints as outfield instructor, infield instructor, catcher instructor, recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor. He has been part of the PLU coaching staff for all three PLU Northwest Conference championships and NCAA Regional berths.
In his first year as head coach, Soete led the Lutes to the NCAA West Regiona Finals game, only the second time in program history.
A four-year letter winner while playing baseball at Pacific Lutheran, Soete earned 2005 second team All-Northwest Conference honors as a senior first baseman after hitting .317 with four home runs.
Soete spent six years as a physical education teacher at Lakes High School after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 2006 and earning his MAT from Grand Canyon University. He and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, Harper and Piper, and live in Lakewood.
Sean Taunt joined the Pacific Lutheran baseball program as an assistant coach starting with the 2012 season. As PLU’s pitching coach, he has coached the Lutes to the top three team strikeout totals the past three years (355 in 2014, 342 in 2013 and 324 in 2015), as well as the lowest staff ERA in team history in 2014.
Taunt, who earned an associate degree from Green River Community College, is now a lead instructor and director at Big League Edge Performance Baseball in Auburn after initially joining the organization as an instructor in 2006.
He coached a 15U team in the 2010 Latin American Classic in the Dominican Republic and won a silver medal. Taunt has coached summer teams ages 14 through 18 over the last 10 years, and had one of his players taken in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. In 2011 he started the Pro Baseball Club ZIPS organization, where he coaches the 18U ZIPS team.Additionally, Taunt served as a Puyallup High School baseball assistant coach from 2002-2011. He lives in Puyallup with his wife Tara.
Aaron Roetcisoender joined the Pacific Lutheran baseball coaching staff in summer 2015. A 2006 PLU grad, Roetcisoender led all of NCAA Div. III in saves in 2004 with 11, setting a PLU single-season record that stood for 10 years. His 21 career saves stood as the most in PLU history until 2015.
Roetcisoender works for the WIAA as a production coordinator and earned his degree in public relations with a minor in sports management. He will coach outfielders and work with hitters at PLU. He and his wife Jamie have two kids, Emma and Jack, and live in Tacoma.
Scott Richards joined the Pacific Lutheran baseball coaching staff in summer 2015 and serves as catching coach while also working with hitters.
A 2004 graduate of Regis University, Richards was a two-time honorable mention all-conference performer at catcher. He earned his degree in business management, and he earned his Master’s from City University in 2011. He is a special education teacher at Kentwood High School, where he served as an assistant coach for eight years and helped coach the team to state championships in 2010 and 2012.
Richards lives in Covington.