Caitlin Nies joined the Seattle University softball coaching staff in the fall of 2016. Nies oversees pitchers and catchers, administrative duties and assists with recruiting.
In 2018, Nies worked with the top pitching staff in the WAC. Andie Larkins, Carley Nance, and Shianne Smith ranked 1-2-3 in the WAC in ERA, while the Redhawks paced the conference in wins (33), ERA (2.98), and strikeouts (288). Larkins was chosen All-WAC First Team and Nance was All-WAC Second Team. Smith set school records in opponent batting average (.210) and strikeouts per seven (6.55). Nance struck out 123 batters, the most in program history.
“Caitlin will be a great role model for our young athletes," said Head Coach Geoff Hirai. "She is loyal, hard-working, and most of all, has a lot of experience help building programs to being winners.“
Nies, formerly Caitlin Noble during her playing career as a Husky, pitched at the University of Washington from 2005-2008. She finished her career anked fourth all-time in strikeouts in program history and was a member of the 2007 team which placed third at the Women’s College World Series.
Nies went on to serve as the pitching coach at Northwestern State University from 2009-2012. In 2010, the Demons had biggest improvement in the NCAA, going from five wins in 2009 to 27 wins in 2010. In 2011, the pitching staff led the Southland Conference in team ERA of 2.11 and pitcher Kelee Grimes was recognized as an All-Conference first team pitcher with a 1.51 ERA.
Most recently, Nies returned to Washington, serving as the head coach at Glacier Peak High School from 2013-2016. In 2014, her team won the Wesco 3A District Tournament and earned the first berth to the State Tournament in school history, finishing 5th place. Nies was voted the 2014 Wesco 3A/4A coach of the year and the 2016 team also finished 5th place in the State Tournament.