Head men’s basketball coach Dean Jaderston begins his eleventh season at Sterling.
During his tenure at Sterling the Warriors have set the season record for wins three times, finished as conference champions twice, and conference tournament champion once. He is the winningest men’s coach in Sterling history with 170 career wins. During his ten years, six players have received All-American honors and numerous all-conference honors, and he has twice been named KCAC Coach of the Year.
In the last ten years, the Warriors have shown incredible tenacity and a great work ethic. Fans have come to appreciate gritty defensive play paired the team’s up-tempo offensive style, and have been treated to some tremendous come-from-behind victories during this time. The team has proven its consistency since Jaderston’s arrival, with two third place KCAC finishes, one second place finish, and two conference championships. They have also played in the KCAC tournament championship four of the last five years.
Coach Jaderston attended Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn. where he earned a double major in History/Secondary Education and Bible and Theology. He competed in both tennis and basketball for the Crusaders, earning several conference singles and doubles championships in tennis and All-Conference, All-American, and Academic All-American honors in basketball.
After college, Coach Jaderston began a teaching career at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, where he also coached both tennis and basketball. In 1997 he was selected to be the inaugural head boys’ basketball coach at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. During this time he also earned his master’s degree in Adlerian Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Adler Institute in Hopkins, Minn.
In 2001, he made the move to the collegiate ranks when he was hired by Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill. In 2006, after some major rebuilding, the Trojans achieved their first winning season in nine years. It was after this season that Coach Jaderston came to Sterling.
Coach Jaderston and his wife Julie have been married for 28 years. They have been very active in youth and camping ministries over the years, having served together as youth directors at several churches, and currently serve as executive directors of a summer Christian family conference, Northern Pines of MN, (you can visit the conference website at http://www.npines.org/). They have three sons, Matthew (26) and Michael (23) both who are both graduates of Sterling College, and Jacob (21), a junior at Sterling College.
Brent Thill is in his second season as assistant coach for the Warriors Basketball program.
In his first season with the Warriors, Thill brought a wide range of experience to the Sterling program. After 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), Thill moved on to coaching at the collegiate level.
Thill has spent four years coaching at the college level, spending 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."
Thill is a native of North Bend, Wisconsin, and moved to Sterling with his wife, Nicole, and son, Brayden.