The Sterling College men’s basketball coach Dean Jaderston announced some staff changes for the upcoming 2015-16 season. With assistant coach Luke Cureton accepting some additional duties as part of the college advancement staff, a search to find a new assistant was a key component of this year’s off-season. Finalists from 6 different states all interviewed this summer, and Coach Jaderston is excited to announce that Brent Thill has been hired as the new Warrior assistant coach.
Coach Thill brings a wide range of experience to the Warrior program. A native of North Bend, WI, he coached for four years at the high school level (three of which were at Melrose-Mindoro High School in Wisconsin, where Coach Jaderston’s brother attended high school), before moving to the collegiate level. He then coached two years each at NCAA Div. III University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and NCAA Div. II Winona State University.
“I’m really excited about the addition of Coach Thill to our staff here at Sterling,” Coach Jaderston said. “His experience at both the high school and collegiate level has prepared him well to take this next step in his career. He is a serious student of the game of basketball and will add a lot of insight and perspective to our program. More importantly, his desire to impact young men both on and off the court is strong, and he is a perfect for a university whose mission is to ‘develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith.’ Brent will be a great fit for our program, and will prove to be a strong asset in the years to come.”
Coach Thill is excited about the new opportunity and had this to say about his upcoming position at Sterling. “The Sterling College campus, administration and community have really made me feel like this is where my family and I belong at this time in our lives. I’m extremely excited to work with Coach Jaderston. His program makes a difference in young men in all aspects of their lives. It’s the type of program I’ve always wanted to coach in, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a Warrior.”
Coach Thill officially will start on September 1 after he moves to Sterling from Lacrosse with his wife Nicole and son Brayden who was born in July.
Also returning to the Warrior program is Eddie Adesodun, a 2014 grad who earned KCAC All-Conference Second Team honors. He will be joining Kendrick Babineaux (JV Head Coach) and Coach Cureton to round out the Warrior Coaching staff. Coach Jaderston is very excited about the combination of new and experienced staff. “Having players like Eddie and Kendrick who both played here helps tremendously in developing young players and communicating our philosophy,” said Coach Jaderston. “Together with Luke (Cureton) we can send a consistent message of expectations, faith, and basketball across our entire program. Luke knows our program and the conference inside and out, and Kendrick did a fantastic job with our JV next year. Adding Brent and Eddie to the mix makes our staff that much stronger.”
The Warriors will open the season with an exhibition game against the Jump Shoot Academy Team from Panama on October 31. Their first regular season game will at home when they take on Morningside College on November 6th at 8:00 in the Warrior Classic.