McAdams Named Head PLU Football Coach

The Pacific Lutheran University athletic department has tabbed Brant McAdams as Head Coach of the Lute football team, becoming just the 10th head coach in the program's storied 93-year history.  Read More

Brant McAdams

Head Coach


The Pacific Lutheran University athletic department has tabbed Brant McAdams as Head Coach of the Lute football team on Feb. 20, 2018, becoming just the 10th head coach in the program’s storied 93-year history. The hire is a result of an extensive nationwide search, guided by Spelman Johnson consulting firm.


“Under Brant’s leadership, I look forward to football continuing to be a top-tier program in the Northwest Conference and challenge for national recognition,” Athletic Director Laurie Turner said. “Brant’s breadth of experience serving in a variety of roles at various Division III programs, as well as his West Coast ties, allows him to hit the ground running.”


McAdams previously served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Division III Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, coaching at his alma mater for the past five seasons. Under his direction, the Tigers had an elite defense, ranking second in the nation in red zone defense and third in the nation in rushing defense in 2015. During his stint as special teams coordinator, the team boasted the seventh-best kick return unit during the 2014 campaign.




Jud Keim

Assistant Coach



Jud Keim joined the Pacific Lutheran University football coaching staff prior to the 2004 season and became the assistant head coach in 2010. He was named interim Head Coach on November 15, 2017 till the hiring of Brant McAdams in February 2018.  He serves as the special teams coordinator, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the team. He served as the defensive backs coach for the 2004 season and was the team’s defensive coordinator from 2005-09.


His coaching background includes four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., four seasons at California Lutheran University, including three years as the defensive coordinator, and two years as a graduate assistant at Mankato State (Minnesota). He also was an assistant coach for one season at Kamiak H.S. in Mukilteo, Wash.


As a PLU student-athlete, Jud was a four-year letter winner in football and track & field for the Lutes. He was a two-time all-conference running back in football. He earned his bachelor’s degree from PLU in 1986 and a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 1999.




Jim Sutrick

Assistant Coach


Jim Sutrick joined the Pacific Lutheran football coaching staff prior to the 2013 season.  He coaches Tight Ends for the Lutes, along with assisting wide receivers, special teams, and serving as the “Bomber Defense” coordinator.  Jim is also responsible for opponent’s defensive scout data entry and generating scouting reports to assist in game planning.


Before coming to PLU, Sutrick coached football for 21 years through multiple levels including 7 as defensive coordinator at Kentwood and Puyallup high schools, leading them to 7 playoff appearances, 3 league titles, and 2 state titles, as well as 4 years as head coach at Foster High School leading the Bulldogs to their best record and first playoff appearance in over 25 years.


A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1989, BS Airway Science), Sutrick has worked for the United States Government and the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller for 26 years.