By: CHRISTIAN BOND ’18.
A baseball coach is taking control of a collegiate program for the first time in his career. Once seen as a right hand man at Pacific Lutheran University, he is now the man. In the eyes of two little girls however, he is and will always be the man.
Nolan Soete spends his time coaching the young men of PLU’s baseball team. At home his teaching dynamics are much different.
“I never pictured myself with two daughters, but it’s been awesome, every part of it. It’s a lot of work, but every part of it is worth the effort,” Nolan Soete said.
It is hard for Coach Soete to find time away from the game of baseball. Admittedly when he gets the chance, he does not do much. Coach Soete finds joy away from the game with his family.
During his playing days, Soete was an outstanding first basemen. Soete was a four year letter winner. Soete also earned second team all northwest conference honors his senior year, after hitting .317 and smashing four home runs.
Soete has spent the last nine years coaching at PLU along former head coach Geoff Loomis. Soete spent two years playing under coach Loomis, and joined his coaching staff in 2006. He was named interim head coach in June of 2015. Soete spent time coaching nearly every position on a baseball field. He’s coached the infielders, the outfielders, he’s been a catching instructor and has always worked with the hitters.
“I enjoy working with the infielder’s most. That’s what I played,” Soete said.
Soete spent six years as a physical education teacher at Lakes High School. During his time teaching, Soete learned ways to get kids to buy in to what he is teaching them and work hard for him. That information is used in the way that he coaches, both his players and his daughters.
His wife Jessica, is currently a teacher at Lakes. Together, they have a daughter named Harper. Nolan’s wife Jessica, is expecting another child.
“Nolan is the best father I could ever ask for my two daughters,” Jessica Soete said. “He is involved in all aspects of parenting and works extremely hard to support our goals as parents and how we raise our girls. Having two little girls is quite different from coaching young men and he truly thrives as a dad.”
On the field, Nolan Soete is pushing young men to better themselves every day. Off the field, he spends his time being kind and caring for his daughters. Nolan has shown commitment through his playing, coaching and growing of PLU’s baseball program. If his commitment to the PLU community correlates with the work he puts in to being a parent to his daughters, Harper and her new little sister have a dad they can be proud of.