Nolan Soete took over the reigns of the PLU baseball program prior to the 2016 campaign after serving on staff in various capacities since the 2007 season. Soete previously served as an outfield instructor, infield instructor, catcher instructor, recruiting coordinator, and hitting instructor while serving as the assistant head coach from 2011 to 2015. Soete's time with the Lutes has seen the program capture three Northwest Conference Championships and three NCAA regional berths, including a run to the 2016 West Region finals in his first season as head coach.
Soete's 2017 squad led the nation in fielding percentage (.985) and ranked fourth nationally in double plays per game, finishing the season with a 25-14 record. The 2017 Lutes owned a 17-7 record in NWC play while earning a three-game sweep of non-conference foe and eventual national champion California Lutheran University. Two Lutes earned All-Region honors by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com with Landon Packard securing the ABCA's prestigious Gold Glove Award.
Soete led the Lutes to a NWC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division III West Region Finals in his first season as head coach in 2016, bowing out to eventual national champion Trinity University and finishing the season with a 29-19 overall record. Additionally, pitcher Garrett Brown finished the season as an ABCA Second Team All-American.
In his two seasons at the helm, the Lutes have secured 14 All-NWC citations and four All-Region selections.
A four-year letter winner while playing baseball at Pacific Lutheran, Soete earned 2005 second team All-Northwest Conference honors as a senior first baseman after hitting .317 with four home runs.
Soete spent six years as a physical education teacher at Lakes High School after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 2006 and earning his MAT from Grand Canyon University. He and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, Harper and Piper, and live in Lakewood.