Profile: PLU Football Coach Scott Westering

By Ian Gillespie

Growing up around the game, football came second nature to Scot Westering. “I did it all,” Scott said, “From cutting orange wedges for players at halftime, to splicing game film, I just wanted to be apart of the system.”

Scott is the son of coaching legend Frosty Westering, the eighth winningest coach in college football history. With that said, Scott had a football in his hand since day one.

Scott was born in Iowa and lived there until 1972. In eighth grade the Westering family packed up and moved to the Pacific North West, just down the street from Pacific Lutheran University. Scott, and his older brother Brad, attended Washington high school where they were both standout athletes.

After graduation Scott decided to take his talents to UCLA on a full ride football scholarship. Although this was a great opportunity, it was not the right fit for Scott.

“I hated it at UCLA, it just wasn’t the right place for me,” said Scott.

Something had to change, and the decision was made to head to PLU to play for his father.

At PLU Scott played tight end along side his brother Brad. Together they won a national championship and Scott became an All-American. This was just the start to national championship experiences for Scott at PLU.

After four years at PLU Scott spent two seasons bouncing around in the national football league. At this point, his playing days were over and he had a couple of options. Scott had to decide between going into coaching, or following through with his plan of opening up and optometry business. Ultimately the decision was made to follow in his father’s footsteps at PLU.

According to Scott’s bio on the Go Lutes website, he joined the PLU coaching staff in 1981 and became the offensive coordinator two years later in 1983. While coaching at PLU, the team has won three NAIA Division II and one NCAA Division III national championships and finished as the runner-up four times in 10 post-seasons appearances.

Scott was picked to be the head coach in February 2004 after his father’s retirement. An article in the Seattle Times in 2004 coined Scott as “His fathers keeper,” and he said three words came to mind when thinking about this opportunity, “Excited, honored, and challenged with what lies ahead.”

Through eight years as head coach Scott has an overall record of 40-22 and the team has finished second in the northwest conference both of the last two years. This year the team has shown great promise and could very likely end up in second again at the end of the season.

When asked to describe Coach Westering in one word sophomore receiver Kyle Warner replied, “I would have to say the best word to describe Coach would be knowledgeable.”

Warner said that Coach Westering is successful as a coach because he knows so much about the game and has been around it his whole life. “He just knows it all, every angle to every aspect of the game,” Warner said.

Scott has worked to continue to build upon the foundation his father laid at PLU. EMAL is an acronym that PLU football players live by. “Every Man a Lute,” represents a lifestyle of young men becoming better people, better citizens, and better football players.

Kellen Westering, the son of Scott, is a sophomore at PLU and followed in his father’s footsteps in deciding to be a Lute football player. “Its really amazing the relationship that my dad and I have. He treats me like any other guy on the team and that’s exactly what I want,” said Kellen.

Like Scott, Kellen had other opportunities to continue his football career but decided that PLU was where he wanted to play.

Father son coaching relationships are hard to manage. Usually the relationship falls into one of two categories, either the father is too hard on the son, or the father cuts the son extra slack. Scott likes to think that he strikes a balance between the two categories.

“I like to look through an unbiased lens, I evaluate Kellen the exact same as every other player,” Scott said.

Although there seems to be no bias or extra pressure on Kellen, this may not be entirely true. When describing what its like to play for his father Kellen said, “I love the challenge of being a Westering because there is a lot of pressure to perform, but for me it makes me work harder.”

The pressure Kellen feels seems to come from his last name, not from his dad being the coach. It seems to be more of a self imposed pressure to perform, which never hurt any athlete.

Scott describes his experiences in life related to football in one word, “amazing.” This was a repetitive theme throughout his interview. He finished by adding, “I truly feel blessed when thinking about my experiences in my life.”

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