Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Scott Westering named head coach of PLU football team

From Pacific Lutheran University Sports Information
February 3, 2004
For Immediate Release

Scott Westering named head coach of PLU football team

TACOMA, Wash. -- Scott Westering will follow in his father’s footsteps
as head coach of the Pacific Lutheran University football team.

The selection was announced today by PLU President Loren Anderson,
Provost Jim Pence and Athletic Director Paul Hoseth. Westering takes
over for his father, Frosty Westering, who retired at the end of the
year after 32 winning seasons as head coach at PLU and 40 total seasons
as a college head coach.

Scott Westering has been an assistant coach at PLU for 23 seasons and
has been the offensive coordinator since 1983. He teaches in the
Department of Physical Education and is the operations supervisor of the
Names Fitness Center on campus.

“Scott Westering is an outstanding football coach. We are excited about
the future of football at PLU and the leadership Scott will bring to the
program,” Hoseth said.

After graduating from Washington High School in Tacoma, Westering
attended UCLA on a full football scholarship. He played one season at
UCLA before transferring to PLU. He was a captain and member of PLU’s
first national championship (NAIA Division II) team in 1980 and earned
All-American honors that season. He earned his bachelor of arts degree
in 1982 and earned his master’s degree in 2002, both at PLU.

Following his collegiate playing career, he had tryouts with the San
Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills. He was a full-time teacher and
substitute in the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma during the
1982-83 school year before returning to PLU as an assistant coach.

Westering is looking forward to taking over the top job with the Lutes.
“It’s an honor to be named the new head coach at PLU. I’m excited and
look forward to the challenge ahead,” he said.

During his coaching career, PLU has won two NAIA Division II and one
NCAA Division III national championships and finished as the runner-up
four times in 10 post-season appearances. He has coached 11 first-team
All-Americans, including the 1999 NCAA Division III Player of the Year,
Chad Johnson, and the Most Valuable Player of the 1999 national
championship team, Anthony Hicks. He was inducted into the PLU Athletic
Hall of Fame in 1998.

Westering, his wife Susan, an aerobics instructor at PLU, and their
three children live in Puyallup.