Gary Kempf

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. 

Gary oversees all of Sterling’s NAIA collegiate athletic programs including: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, football, cheerleading, softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross-country, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. He is continually working on facility development for Sterling College.  He is a member of the emergency preparedness committee, campus security committee, student success committee and served on the strategic planning task force.

Prior to his service at Sterling College, Gary worked at Asbury University for six years as athletic director for the Eagles. While at Asbury, he helped oversee the updating and renovation of three different facilities and was instrumental in adding baseball, softball, and golf to the Asbury program. With his leadership, Asbury grew from 120 student-athletes to 310 student-athletes. Gary and his wife, Dorothy also coached the Asbury Swimming and Diving together and built it into a nationally ranked NAIA program.

Before Asbury, Gary spent 33 years at the University of Kansas as an athlete, coach, and an administrator. He was a very successful intercollegiate swimmer, then coached women's swimming and diving for 24 years and men's swimming and diving for 17 years. Then, as an assistant athletic director, he was highly involved with fundraising and facility construction. He was inducted into the KU Hall of Fame in 1998.

Gary lives in Sterling with his wife Dorothy. Gary and Dorothy have two children, Paul and Faith. Paul graduated from Sterling College in 2010, where he played football. Faith attends Gardner-Webb University where she is a member of the swimming and diving team.


Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, University of Kansas





Contact Info

Phone: (620) 278-4469