Sports Information Director; Pro Rata Assistant Professor of Sports Management
Nickel is a former Sterling College student and also has experience working for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. "I have a passion for sport management and specifically sport PR and sport marketing," said Nickel. "I am excited not only to practice my passion but to share it with students. This is an opportunity to be both on the practical and the educational sides of the sport management field." He is in charge of programs, releases, game reports, newsletters and, of course, all Web details related to athletics. He also has some short-term projects.
Brandon Ponchak begins his first season as Head Coach of the Warrior Men's Soccer Program.
Ponchak comes to Sterling via Ohio. While in Ohio, Ponchak was serving as a graduate assistant with the Bluffton University Men's Soccer Program in Bluffton, Ohio. During his time in Bluffton, Ponchak recruited two of the largest incoming freshmen classes for the NCAA Division III program. In his two seasons, Ponchak coached three All-Conference players and two All-Sportsmanship honorees.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach; Assistant Resident Director (Kilbourn Hall)
Cecil Smart is in his 3rd year as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for the Sterling College Warriors. His primary duties include coaching the junior varsity team, recruiting, and coordinating the strength and conditioning program for the Warriors. He is a Sterling College graduate, having played for Coach Jaderston at both Trinity International and also at Sterling, where he was a member of the 2009 KCAC conference championship team.
Deb was born and raised here in Sterling, Kansas. She graduated from Sterling high school and attended Hutchinson Community College. She now lives in Sterling with her husband, Curt and together have two children, Brenna and Derek as well as their grandaughter, Morgan. Brenna is married to SC Alumni, Brandon Winn.
Deb started working in the athletic department in 1995 and can truly say, "This has been the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. Getting to know the student athletes and working with a great coaching staff truly makes for the best job!"