Athletics Directory

John Harding

John Harding 2012
Head Volleyball Coach

John Harding begins his second season as Sterling College's Head Volleyball Coach in 2011.

Dean Jaderston

Dean Jaderston 2012
Head Men's Basketball Coach

Head men's basketball coach Dean Jaderston begins his 5th season at Sterling. During his tenure at Sterling the Warriors have finished no lower than 5th in the final season standings. In 2009 the Warriors raised the bar, setting a single season school record with 21 wins and earning the KCAC regular season championship for the first time since 1995. The Warriors earned their 3rd trip to the NAIA national tournament in the last 8 years and were ranked as high as 17th in the nation during that stretch.

Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson 2012
Assistant Football Coach

Josh Johnson currently attends Sterling College. He is majoring in Sports Management with a minor in English. He is now serving as an Assistant Football Coach.

Josh enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with his bible study. He consumes large amounts of sweet tea which he enjoys making. Josh currently lives in Sterling.


Smisor Stadium


Phone: (620) 278-2173

Paul Kempf

Paul Kempf 2012
Special Teams and Linebackers Coach

Paul Kempf graduated from Sterling College in 2010 with a major in k-12 Physical Education and Exercise Science. He played Football for Sterling College under coach Lambert from 2005 – 2009.

Paul enjoys playing deer hunting, hand fishing, and watching football. He has been married to his beautiful wife Samantha since June 2008. They reside in Sterling with their two dogs Nitschke and Ginger.


Bachelor in Physical Education and Exercise Science from Sterling College


Smisor Stadium

Gary Kempf

Athletic Director

Gary Kempf is Sterling College's athletic director, overseeing all the athletic programs, managing general department operations and donor development for athletics. Gary also serves as a member of the president’s cabinet. 

Lonnie Kruse

Lonnie Kruse 2012
Head Women's Basketball Coach

Lonnie (a.k.a. Coach Kruse) serves as the Head Women's Basketball Coach here at Sterling College, a place that he finds to be very familiar. Lonnie enjoyed the school and community of Sterling College when he was a student here and he still feels that the Christian environment is important to his family. He finds the uniqueness of Sterling to be a highlight-Sterling is a true Christian college and the community provides a one of a kind support. Lonnie is married to his wife, Carol, and has 4 daughters, and 7 grandchildren.  He was born in Ellsworth, Kansas.

Chuck Lambert

Chuck Lambert 2012
Assistant Football Coach, Offensive Line

Chuck Lambert begins his eighth season as Defensive Coordinator for the Sterling College Warrior football program in 2011.

Lambert’s defense ranked first in the KCAC for the second straight year and 17th in the NAIA in scoring de¬fense in 2010, building Lambert’s streak of having a defense in the top 25 in the nation in scoring defense to five straight seasons. Coach Lambert’s 2010 defense was ranked nationally in the top 25 in five different defensive statistical categories.

Andy Lambert

Andy Lambert 2012
Head Football Coach

Andy Lambert is entering his ninth season as the head coach of the Sterling College Warrior football program and his sixteenth as a head coach.  Lambert has an overall record of 76-78.

Pete Manely

Director of Athletic Training; Associate Professor of Exercise Science; Co-Chair of the Exercise Science Department; Associate Dean for the School of Professional Studies

With career goals that could be met all in one place, Pete found himself happily working at Sterling College as the Program Director of the Athletic Training Program. Pete finds himself loving Sterling for the reason that, "It's all about the people. I am passionate about my students and take pride in the "Family" created at SC in our ATEP." Pete was named NAIA ATA Athletic Trainer of the Year for the 2010-2011 academic year and is currently the President of the NAIA ATA Board. He loves working with the faculty and staff that are such an incredible support group. Pete enjoys many activities in his free time including music, reading, eating out, and BBQ-ing out with friends. His hometown is Lebanon, KS.

Justin Morris

Justin Morris 2012
Head Soccer Coach

Justin is from Wichita, Kansas. He is in his thirteenth season as the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Sterling College. Coach Morris coached the men's team also up until December (2006) before stepping down to focus more on the women's team.