Chuck Lambert begins his first season as the Head Coach for the Sterling College Warrior football program in 2016. Lambert has served on the coaching staff as the defensive coordinator and the associate head coach for the past 12 seasons. Lambert was announced as the new head coach in December 2015.
While at Sterling, Lambert’s defenses have been consistently in the upper echelon in the KCAC. With his 3-4 defensive system, Lambert is able to capitalize on the speed and athleticism of personnel to create tremendous pressure on opposing quarterbacks and force offenses into making mistakes. Over the course of his 12 seasons as defensive coordinator, Lambert has coached numerous All-KCAC players throughout his time at Sterling.
In 2010, Lambert’s defense ranked first in the KCAC and 17th in the NAIA in scoring defense, building a streak of appearances in the top 25 in the nation in scoring defense for five straight seasons. The team defense was ranked nationally in the top 25 in five different defensive statisitical categories, earning him the 2010 KCAC Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Prior to coming to Sterling, Lambert served as head football coach at Lockwood High School in Lockwood, Missouri for five years. During that time, Lambert posted an overall record of 43-14 and was state runner-up in Missouri Class 1A in 2001.
Lambert played football for legendary high school coach Roger Barta at Smith Center High School, where he played quarterback for the Redmen. After graduating from Smith Center High School, Lambert played safety at Trinity International Univeristy in Deerfield, Illinois.
He was a four year letterman and starter and played under head coach Leslie Frazier, who has recently been the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings and the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lambert’s first year at Trinity was the school’s third season of football and during his senior year, the team made the NAIA playoffs. He also served as a graduate assistant football coach at Trinity for a season.
Lambert holds a a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Trinity International University and a master’s degree in sports management from American Public University.
Chuck and his wife, Kim, reside in Sterling with their five children: Caleb, Aly, Jake, Anna, and Ethan.
Chase Hansen begins his fifth season with the Warrior Football Program as the Offensive Coordinator.
Prior to coming to Sterling, Hansen served as the offensive coordinator for Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. for two seasons. Ten players earned All-KCAC recognition during Hansen's time there.
The 2015 season proved to be another test for the Warriors as they finished third in the KCAC. Hansen helped eight players earn all-conference recognition, while continuing to develop a strong core of offensive players on the field.
In 2014, Sterling had another great season, finishing second in the KCAC. Hansen helped continue the offensive surge throughout the year, putting together a strong offense that was an important factor for the team. Hansen coached the KCAC Offensive Player of the Year and five all-conference players during the season.
The 2013 season was a memorable year for both players, fans, and coaches, as Sterling won the KCAC Conference Championship, the first in school history. Sterling's coaching staff would sweep the coaches awards, including Hansen being named the KCAC Assistant Coach of the Year.
Hansen has an extensive background in coaching offensive line play and tight end play, bringing in skills that have helped strengthen the Warrior offensive line.
As a player at Bethel, Hansen was a four time All-KCAC player and two time First Team All-KCAC player as an offensive lineman. Hansen brings the elite playing background coupled with characteristics of a good Christian leader. While playing at Bethel, Hansen was awarded as the Champions of Character Leader in both 2006 and 2007. He was also a two-time AFCA-NAIA All-American during his time at Bethel.
Hansen is a graduate of Bethel College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Post-graduation, Hansen attended Wichita State University where he completed a Master of Science in Exercise Science.
Gabe Eliserio begins his first season as the defensive coordinator for Sterling College.
Eliserio began his coaching career at Dordt College in Sioux City, Iowa. In 2015, Eliserio was named the associate head coach and coached a number of All-Conference players for Dordt. Prior to that season, he was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Defenders.
In 2010, he was the defensive secondary coach and the special teams coordinator for his alma mater, Sterling College. Before his coaching stint with the Warriors, he served as the defensive secondary coach for the Dordt College in 2008. Eliserio is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Eliserio played quarterback at Eastern Arizona College, helping lead the team to its first winning season in 30 years. He then played defensive back at Sterling College, where he was the Warrior Award Recipient, an All-KCAC selection and a participant in the 2008 Senior Bowl.
While at Sterling, he was a mission trip leader in the Philippines in 2010 and also served as the Faith & Sport Advisor at Dordt College from 2012 to 2015. Eliserio earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Sterling College and holds a master’s degree in education and sports administration from East Central University.
Gabe is a member of Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson, Kansas. He enjoys good food, hunting and spending time with his family. Gabe and his wife Dawn, live in Sterling with their two daughters: Grace (5) and Breanne (3).
Joe Kenney is in his first year as the inside linebacker coach, the special teams coordinator and the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Warriors.
Prior to coaching at Sterling, Kenney was the defensive line coach and the special teams coordinator at Trinity International University in 2015. He started there as a graduate assistant in 2011, helping coach the defensive backs and the corners over the years.
As a player, Kenney was a four year starter at middle and outside linebacker at the University of Northern Colorado. In his career, he was involved in FCA, was a two year team captiain, and was a two-time All Big Sky Honorable Mention player.
Kenney graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Exercise Science with a Minor in Coaching. He also completed a Master of Arts in Cultural Engagement from Trinity International University.
Joe and his wife, Wendy, live in Sterling, and are expecting their first child, Samuel, this September.
Stephen Wilson starts his first year as the wide receivers and running backs coach for Sterling College. He will also be working as the Director of Football Operations for the Warrior football program.
Before coaching at Sterling, Wilson was the wide receiver coach and special teams coordinator at Olivet Nazarine University. During his time there, he also was the recruiting coordinatior for two years and helped coached the outside linebackers and the running backs. He started at ONU as a graduate assistant for the Tigers in 2012. Wilson has also been a member of the American Football Coaches Assosciation (AFCA).
As a player, Wilson was a running back at Sterling College from ‘05 to ‘09. During the 2007 season, the team was ranked first in offense in the KCAC, finishing with a 7-2 conference record. Wilson was a KCAC All-Conference Academic Award recepient in 2006 and 2007 and was Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2008. He also was awarded the Gleason Endowed Memorial Scholarship in 2008 and received the Kelsey Scholar Award in 2008 and 2009.
While at Sterling, Wilson was an RA for two years and was involved in FCA. He also took international missions trips to Kenya, South Africa, and China. Wilson graduated from Sterling College with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Olivet Nazarine University.
Stephen and his wife, Lindsey, live in Sterling.
Chance Clements enters his second season as a graduate assistant for Sterling College.
Clements is a 2014 graduate of Ottawa University where he played and coached for the Braves. Clements will coach the defensive line for the Warriors this season.