McPherson, Kan. – McPherson College Athletic Director Doug Quint announced Friday (Feb. 24) that Pete Sterbick has been named Head Football Coach and will assume responsibility for the Bulldog program on Monday, February 27. A 2003 graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sterbick has spent the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
"I'm excited to become a part of the McPherson community and McPherson College football," said Sterbick. "There were specifics in what I was looking for as far as going to a program as a head coach and McPherson fits what I had in mind. The experiences I had at Grand View in helping build a program prepared me to take this step."
"I'm pleased and excited about our committee's decision in the hiring of Pete," said Quint. "He is a high class individual, who we are confident will continue our tradition of excellence in the football program, both on the field and in the classroom. I'm looking forward to working with Pete."
Sterbick helped build the Grand View football program from the ground up, beginning in 2008, and quickly into a nationally ranked NAIA program. After going 2-8 in their inaugural season, the Vikings have gone 8-3, 6-4, and 8-4 in their three most recent seasons. Sterbick oversaw offensive play-calling and all coaching of offensive skill positions.
In 2011, the Vikings were the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League champions and qualified for the NAIA playoffs. The offense averaged 400 yards and 30 points per game on their way to a #18 ranking in the final NAIA poll. Sterbick was voted as the 2011 MSFA Midwest League "Assistant Coach of the Year."
Prior to Grand View University, Sterbick worked as an offensive graduate assistant at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., for three seasons starting in 2005. He assisted with the wide receivers and during the 2007 season helped develop the Cougars' eighth-ranked NCAA Division I (BCS) passing offense, which led the Pac-10. Four receivers Sterbick has worked with have gone on to sign NFL contracts.
Before his tenure at with Washington State, Pete served the 2004 season as an offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The Fighting Sioux were the Northwest Region champions, NCAA Division II national semifinalists, finished with a record of 11-3 record and were ranked third in NCAA D-II. In addition to coaching the tight ends, Sterbick was responsible for the breakdown of the opposing defenses in the development of the offensive game plan.
Sterbick got his collegiate coaching start in 2003 at Missouri Western State in St. Joseph, Mo., as wide receivers coach. He was responsible for the breakdown of opponents' defenses, assisted in offensive game planning, and was the offensive sideline signal caller. During Sterbick's one year at Missouri Western, they finished 9-3, were co-champions of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and won the Mineral Water Bowl.
Sterbick earned his Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University in 2008. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2003 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he lettered in football as a wide receiver and punter. Following his graduation, he played one season as wide receiver for the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League.
Sterbick comes to McPherson with his wife Brendee, and their daughter, Bree.