2017 Volleyball Coaches
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John Harding
Head Coach - 8th Season
Alma Mater: University of Alaska
Phone: 620-278-4204

John Harding begins his eighth season as Sterling College's Head Volleyball Coach in the Fall of 2016. At Sterling, Harding has a career record of 120-117.

In 2016, Sterling finished with an overall record of 12-21 and a KCAC record of 6-116. The Lady Warriors had many close matches throughout the season as they battled it out during the year.

For the 2015 season, the Lady Warriors finished with an overall record of 19-14 and were 10-10 in the KCAC. Coach Harding earned his 100th career victory during the season, against Friends University. Sterling finished sixth in the KCAC regular season standings, losing to Friends University in the first round of the KCAC Tournament.

In 2014, Coach Harding utilized a core group of full-rotation players that were able to contribute anywhere and everywhere on the court. The Lady Warriors had an overall record of 19-17 with a 10-8 record in KCAC play. The Lady Warriors finished fourth in the KCAC standings in the regular season, earning a bid to the KCAC Tournament. The Lady Warriors ultimately fell to eventual tournament champion Kansas Wesleyan University 3-1 in the KCAC Semifinals.

In 2013, Sterling saw more underclassmen play on the court with the mixture of veteran leaders from last years squad. The Lady Warrriors finished the year at 18-17 with a KCAC conference record of 9-9. Sterling finished fifth in the confrence, losing to the 2013 KCAC tournament champions Ottawa University in the first round of the tournament.

The Lady Warriors in 2012 had a 22-13 record and were 12-6 in the KCAC. After finishing tied for fourth place, Sterling lost in the KCAC Quarterfinal to Tabor College.

The 2011 Lady Warrior squad finished with a 19-14 record, 11-7 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Sterling finished fourth in the conference and was the only conference team to defeat KCAC Champion Kansas Wesleyan University in the regular season.

In 2010, Harding's volleyball squad finished in sixth place in the KCAC after being picked to finish ninth in Preseason Coaches' Poll.  The Lady Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 11-21, 7-11 in the KCAC.

Harding comes to Sterling College from Cordova High School in Cordova, Alaska, where he led the Wolverines for nine seasons. Under his leadership the team went to the Alaska State Championships eight times; finishing as champions in 2005, 2006, 2007, runner-up in 2002, 2003, 2004 and third place in 2008.

Harding's team was the Aurora Conference Champions four times. He was also named the Aurora Conference coach of the year four times. Harding has had the privilege to coach twenty-three state championship all-tournament selections including one outstanding hitter, two outstanding setters, and two outstanding liberos.

John and his wife, Piper, live in Sterling with their two children, Luke and Zoe.

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Tamara Heitschmidt
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
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Caitlyn Wood
Manager - 3rd Season
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Bill McGrew
Manager - 1st Season