PLU Football leads Lister Elementary's Big 5 Attitude Outreach Program

In conjunction with its fall season, PLU football led the Lister Elementary Big 5 Attitude Outreach Program for its 36th-consecutive year. PLU football began the outreach program in 1979 and have since impacted over 25,000 elementary and middle school children. read more

Scott Westering

Head Coach

Scott Westering has compiled a 47-35 overall record in nine seasons as Pacific Lutheran University football head coach. Named to the position in February 2004, Scott took over for his father, Frosty, who served as PLU football head coach for 32 years.


Scott joined the coaching staff in 1981 and became the offensive coordinator two years later. During his coaching career, PLU has won three NAIA Division II and one NCAA Division III national championships and finished as the runner-up four times in 10 post-season appearances. In 2012, Scott led the Lutes to a 7-3 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. 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.


Scott played football at UCLA for one year before transferring to PLU, where he was a captain and All-America tight end on the 1980 NAIA national title team. Westering later had tryouts with the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. He was inducted into the PLU Hall of Fame in 1998.


Scott earned his bachelors degree in 1982 and his masters degree in 2002, both from PLU. He is also a physical education instructor at PLU.


Jud Keim

Assistant Head Coach

Jud Keim is in his 10th year on the Pacific Lutheran University football coaching staff and for the fourth consecutive season serves as assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and running backs coach. He served as the defensive backs coach for the 2004 season and was the teams defensive coordinator from 2005-09. In addition to his coaching duties, Keim is the director of PLUs intramural sports program.


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 bachelors degree from PLU in 1986 and a masters degree in Athletic Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 1999.


His wife, Sari (Tollefson), is a 1987 PLU graduate and is a financial planner with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Jud, Sari, their daughter, Kalen, and son, Jace, reside in Gig Harbor.

Craig McCord

Defensive Coordinator

Craig McCord is in his 28th year on the Pacific Lutheran football coaching staff. Beginning in 2010, McCord made the change from assistant head coach back to his role as defensive coordinator, a position he held from 1996-2004.


Prior to becoming defensive coordinator, Craig was a defensive assistant coach from 1988-95 under then defensive coordinator Paul Hoseth. Craig served as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Frosty Westering for 17 years.


Prior to graduating from PLU in 1983, Craig served as an undergraduate assistant in 1981. Craig went on to earn his masters degree from the University of Washington (1988) and while at the UW was a graduate assistant for Hall of Fame coach Don James for three seasons.


Craig coached prep football at Bellevue (1980) and Bethel (1982-84) high schools. He is single and lives in Hoodsport on Hood Canal.

Trevor Roberts

Assistant Coach

Trevor Roberts returns to the Pacific Lutheran football program for his fourth season as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach after a three-year tenure as a teacher and football head coach at Kent-Meridian High School. Prior to that, he was PLUs offensive line coach from 2002-07.


Roberts wrapped up an outstanding playing career at Pacific Lutheran with his participation in the 2001 Aztec Bowl All-Star Game. A four-year starter on the offensive line, Roberts twice earned first team All-Northwest Conference honors and was a second team all-conference selection as a sophomore. He was named the teams Offensive MVP as a senior.


Roberts and his wife, Nicole, have two children and live in Federal Way.

Jim Lindberg

Defensive Assistant

Jim Lindberg, who previously served as a Pacific Lutheran football assistant coach from 2001-08, returned as a defensive assistant at the start of the 2010 season, and he continues to remain in that position.


Jim coached a combined 18 years at Bethel, Fife and Olympic high schools, leading five teams to state playoff appearances and three league championships.


A graduate of Central Washington University with a degree in business education, Jim teaches business education at River Ridge High School the North Thurston School District. He resides in Tacoma and has a daughter, Tiffany, who is married and living in Irving, Texas.

David LaSalata

Defensive Assistant

David LaSalata, a four-year letter winner for the Lutes, is in his ninth season as a member of the PLU coaching staff and coaches on the defensive side of the football after previously serving as the offensive line coach.


David, a Lutes center and team co-captain, capped his playing career in 2004 by being named to the all-conference second team as an offensive lineman. He was also a three-time ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District selection.


David earned his bachelors degree in exercise science, pre-athletic training, coaching, sports psychology, and sports management in 2004 and his masters degree in education in 2006 from PLU. He teaches eighth grade science at Ford Middle School and also coaches wrestling at Fife High School.


David and his wife, Arielle, have a son, Vincent, and live in Parkland with their dogs Randi and Sebastian.