Brennan McKean will be entering his first season with the Defiance College men's basketball team for the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach.
McKean, a Jeromesville, Ohio native, graduated in May 2016 from Marietta College with a degree in finance and management. His coaching path began as a student coach during the 2014-15 season at his alma mater. During that time, he helped edit film as well as assist with practice schedules and preparation. McKean also aided with the different drills at practice.
McKean has been providing individual training sessions since the summer of 2011. The members that attend his training sessions range from sixth grade through high school athletes. Mckean was a volunteer AAU coach for the NC Elite 7th grade division in 2011. In the summer of 2014, he was a volunteer assistant for Northwestern High School.
McKean has worked a numerous number of camps over the past five years (2011-15) which included serving as a camp instructor for several summer camps at Marietta. In 2012, McKean was a camp instructor at Ohio Wesleyan University and most recently worked at the Central Michigan University and Heidelberg University Elite Camps in the summer of 2016.
In addition to earning his degree at Marietta, McKean was also an accomplished basketball player. During his time with the Pioneers, the team posted a 109-32 mark. As a sophomore, McKean was a member of the Ohio Athletic Confernece Tournament Championship Team in addition to aiding the Pioneers to two regular-season OAC titles (2014-16). Marietta also maded three NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure (2012-13, 2014-16), including getting to the Elite 8 as a junior.
Individually, McKean served as team captain for three years and was voted the team "Newcomer of the Year" following the 2011-12 season. He was voted the team "Defensive Player of the Year" following both the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. He played in 104 career games and scored 764 points (7.3 points per game). He ended his career with a 39.7 lifetime field goal percentage (260-of-655), including 37.1 percent (150-of-404) from three-point range. In addition, McKean grabbed 296 rebounds, recorded 145 assists and had 72 steals.
In addition to his assistant coaching duties at DC, McKean will also serve as the recuriting advisor for the Yellow Jackets.
Sterling Johnson will be in his first season with the Defiance College men's basketball team in 2016-17 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.