As a leader both on and off the athletic field Sterling has seen the power of sports to impact lives and influence culture. A two-sport, All-Conference wide receiver at the University of Richmond, also played a season of Division I baseball as well. Following his college career, Sterling worked for five years as a strength & conditioning coach at Florida State University before answering a call to full-time ministry. During the span of 12 years Sterling served as an associate pastor and worship leader, co-chaplain to the NHL Atlanta Thrashers and lead pastor of a local church, before joining the Kennesaw State University Athletic Department full-time in 2012.
As a player, coach, chaplain, and as a pastor to athletes and coaches alike, Sterling has a rich history in the world of athletics. Today he serves as the Director of Character Development for the Kennesaw State University Owls where he also founded 925 Athletic Ministries (www.ksu925.com) at Kennesaw State. As such he is responsible for helping athletes and coaches develop the fundamentals of character that will serve to guide them throughout their playing careers and beyond. His desire is to see the next generation experience success in life as well as sports, and model authentic, character-driven leadership to the world.
His personal life mission is: To glorify God, and lead others to do the same, in every sphere God allows me to have influence.
Sterling continues to speak and teach at churches, conferences and events.
I grew up in a New Jersey suburb of New York City, the youngest of 8 in a mixed race home. Our family never really went to church and I had never read the Bible until my second year in college. I was fortunate to receive a full scholarship to play football at the University of Richmond, and it was there I met Christ in 1990 and have lived to follow Him ever since. Early on I sensed a call to full-time ministry and began to pursue any opportunities I could to impact lives.
In 1996 I accepted a coaching position at Florida State University where I could impact the lives of student-athletes and serve at a local church (known today as Go2Church). It was there I also met the love of my life, Myssi Calkins, an FSU softball All-American and all around incredible woman. She also came to Christ as a student-athlete in college and that is one reason we are both so passionate about reaching the athletic community.
We married in 1998 and we now have four incredible children (Jaden, Mya, Levi & Destiny).