STERLING, KAN. – Sterling College has announced Dylan Connolly as the new head baseball coach of the Sterling College Baseball program.
“We are excited to name Dylan our next head baseball coach here at Sterling,” said Athletic Director Gary Kempf. “He exemplifies leadership academically, athletically, and spiritually for all of his student-athletes. Coach Connolly has the ability to motivate, mentor, and lead the team and we look forward to having him start his journey here at Sterling in the Warrior Baseball program.”
Connolly comes to Sterling from York College in York, Nebraska where he was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Panthers.
In his nine years at York College, Coach Connolly also worked with the hitters and infielders and had numerous athletes selected as All-Conference Gold Glove Award winners.
Coach Connolly began his playing career at Butte Community College in Oroville, California, where he contributed to a Golden Valley Conference Championship. He transferred to York College in 2006, where he was a two-time First Team All-MCAC and All-Region Shortstop. Coach Connolly posted a career .398 average playing for the Panthers, with 33 doubles and 82 RBI in his career.
He also collected two MCAC Gold Gloves at shortstop, and in 2008 was awarded the Rawlings NAIA Gold Glove, being recognized as the best defensive shortstop in the nation.
“My family and I are very blessed and excited to be able to join Sterling College, who shares the same beliefs and values that we believe are important for student athletes,” said Connolly. “I look forward to growing the baseball program as one of the top tier baseball programs in the nation, by creating young men who not only succeed on the field but off the field as well. As individuals, we will work hard to create a program that the Sterling community can be proud of through our faith and character. I am very thankful for the opportunity and trust that President Scott Rich and Athletic Director Gary Kempf have given me.”
Coach Connolly holds a bachelor’s degree in education from York College and is currently finishing his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He resides in York, Nebraska with his wife Ashley, and two sons, Easton (4) and JJ (1).