Sterling Johnson will be in his third season with the Defiance College men’s basketball team in 2018-19 as an assistant coach.
Johnson, a Clinton Twp., Mich. native, graduated from Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) University with a Bachelor’s degree in business and management. While attending SVSU, Johnson was a member of the basketball program for four seasons.
During his senior year, SVSU had their winningest team in program history, as the team finished with 25 victories and won their first ever NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship before falling in the Elite Eight.
Johnson played in a total of 108 games in his four-year career, including playing in every game of his junior and senior campaigns.
Johnson has gained experience in coaching with young athletes at basketball camps at SVSU, the University of Michigan and Oakland (Mich.) University to help to teach them the fundamentals of the game, as well as develop their all around game through drills and games.
Johnson was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Commitee at SVSU, as he helped promote unity in the athletic department and took an active role in community service and helped to promote the athletic department.
Chad Carlson is in his second season with the Defiance College men's basketball program in 2018-19 as a graduate assistant coach.
Carlson, a Hope (Mich.) College graduate, was a four-year member of the basketball program and a two-year captain. Carlson led Hope to back-to-back MIAA regular-season titles and to two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances during his junior and senior seasons.
He also holds several records at Hope, including the record for three-point field goals made in a game, season, and career, as well as the school-record for minutes played in a career.
While at Defiance, Carlson will be pursuing at Master's degree in Business and is set to graduate in May of 2019.
Cornelius Hester will be starting his second year as assistant men’s basketball coach at Defiance College and his third year in the program. In the 2016-2017 season, Coach Hester served as a recruiting assistant.
Coach Hester started his coaching career 16 years ago in the Defiance youth basketball program where he served as the junior high coach and freshman head coach. He would later go on and work closely with Defiance High School under future hall-of-famer Kirk Lehman.
During Coach Hester's time at Defiance, he helped lead the boy's program to three WBL titles and numerous sectionals and district titles.
Coach Hester is also the founder and director of the Ohio Reign AAU basketball team, which is one of the premiere AAU programs in northwest Ohio.
After graduating from Defiance High School, Hester went on to attend the University of Toledo for one season before transfering to Tri-State University (Currently Trine University), where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in business administration.
Cornelius is currently the owner of Custom Tees & Apparel, a retail store located in Defiance, Ohio, where he has been since 2006. With 11 years as a small business owner, Hester is very respected in the Defiance Community volunteering his time at the Defiance YMCA for numerous basketball camps and clinics.
Coach Hester has three kids, Breanna Hester who graduated from Ohio Northern University and is currently finishing her Master's in accounting at Tiffin University, Cornelius Hester II who is a junior at Indiana Purdue University in Fort Wayne majoring in business administration and his five-year old daughter Faith.