Seth Spidahl, the current technical director for the nationally renowned and locally based Washington Premier Football Club, was named women's soccer head coach and director of soccer at Pacific Lutheran University on Feb. 2, 2012.
Spidahl was named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2016, guiding the Lutes to their first undefeated regular season in program history while securing the program's first conference championship since the 1992 season. The Lutes logged 16 shutouts during the season and earned the program's first ever bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. PLU finished the record-setting season with a 16-1-4 overall record and a 13-0-3 mark in NWC play. The juggernaut Lutes outscored their opponents by a 48-7 margin during the season with five student-athletes earning NSCAA All-Region honors while two Lutes secured NSCAA Scholar All-American honors.
In his first season at the helm of the PLU program, Spidahl led the team to its first winning season since 2006 and the end of a 27-match loss streak to cross-town rival Puget Sound. He followed that up in his second year with the program's first double-digit win total since 2006 and the highest conference finish since 2005. His third season saw the team put together its best season in 20 years, winning 14 games and setting a program record with 12 NWC victories while tying for second in the conference standings. The 2015 season saw the program take yet another step forward with 15 victories and sole possession of second in the NWC standings while allowing only nine goals - the program's fewest since 1987.
As Washington Premier's technical director since March 2011, Spidahl directs a total of 63 boys and girls youth teams, with over 950 total athletes. He creates and oversees training curriculum, hires administrative and coaching staff, and also directs fundraising and annual budgets for the club.
In addition, he is local director for Elite Clubs National League, a 79-club premier-level girls soccer league in the United States. He coaches three ECNL girls teams, one of which won two national championships in the 2011/2012 Season. His teams have also won four ECNL NW Conference Divisional Titles, with the '96 ECNL team winning three in a row.
A 1994 Pacific Lutheran University graduate and four-year letter winner as a member of the PLU men's soccer team, Spidahl was first assistant coach for the University of Washington men's soccer team from 2001-09. He served as director of recruitment and player academic development, and during his tenure the Huskies compiled a 83-58-16 record and five NCAA postseason tournament appearances.
More recently, he was head coach for the Seattle Wolves, later to become Washington Crossfire U23 PDL, from 2009-11. He is a USSF "A" Licensed Coach.
Spidahl and his wife Kristine have an ninr-year-old son Zach.
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