Spring 2003


Assistant coaches provide expertise, dedication and longevity

Successful athletic programs often have dedicated assistant coaches who tend to serve in less visible roles but are extremely important to the athletes and the continuity of the program. PLU has many part-time assistant coaches who have full-time positions away from campus and spend their late afternoons and weekends coaching.

Here’s a look at some of these dedicated coaches:

Assistant Track Coach Gary Carew. Originally from Trinidad, Carew was a member of his country’s 440-yeard relay team in the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. During Carew’s 17 years of coaching at PLU, every school record in all sprints, hurdles, and relays have been rewritten many times. More than 20 of these student-athletes have been recognized as All-Americans. "Gary’s contribution far exceeds his exceptional background as a world class athlete and a very effective coach," said head coach Brad Moore.

" The relationships that Coach Carew develops with his athletes are not only positive for the sprinters but have an inspirational impact on the entire team of athletes and coaches."

Assistant coaches, from left, Gary Carew, Phill Scott and Tim Templin help their teams succeed.
Assistant Track Coach Jerry Russell. Russell brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to the PLU program. He has coached at PLU for 15 years with primary emphasis currently in the throwing events, decathlon and heptathlon. Russell has played a major role in the development of PLU’s track and field program to national prominence. Moore said, "Jerry’s contributions, primarily in the field events, have been tremendous and his excellent recruiting has been invaluable during his tenure at PLU."

Assistant Track Coach Kevin Eager. Eager has been on the PLU coaching staff for nine years and works primarily with the jumping events. PLU jumpers have won five conference titles and two All-American honors during Eager’s tenure. Eager, a PLU graduate with a degree in history, teaches at Gig Harbor High School. Moore says, "Kevin is a true track and field enthusiast who brings enormous positive energy to the program. He has a great deal of love and loyalty for PLU which began as a youngster growing up in the Parkland area."

Assistant Softball Coach Phill Scott. Scott is in his ninth year as an assistant coach. He also coaches summer fastpitch with Head Coach Rick Noren and conducts various clinics in the Northwest. According to Noren, "Phill is and has been an extremely dedicated servant. His commitment to the team and PLU is remarkable. The players not only respect him for the teaching he provides on the field, but he inspires those around him with his positive nature and spiritual leadership. Without Phill, PLU softball would not have achieved the great success it has enjoyed."

Assistant Volleyball Coach Tim Templin. Templin has served seven years as assistant volleyball coach at PLU. He is active in numerous volleyball camps and clinics throughout the state. Templin received his undergraduate degree in business and a master’s in teaching from PLU. He teaches at Kalles Junior High School in Puyallup. According to Head Coach Kevin Aoki, "Tim knows the game and has dedicated so much time and energy to the volleyball program at PLU. We have been successful because of people like Tim."

by Paul Hoseth, dean, School of Physical Education.

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