The Oglethorpe University athletics department is pleased to announce the hiring of Aaron Nester to the position of head women's basketball coach, effective immediately. Nester, who has spent the last five seasons as the assistant coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, brings a total of nine years experience at the Division III level to the Stormy Petrel women's basketball program.
Nester has worked under head coach Bob Amsberry at Wartburg in each of the last five years and also came to Wartburg with coach Amsberry after the two combined to lift Rockford College, Nester's alma mater, to their best four-year stretch in program history. At Wartburg, Amsberry and Nester inherited a team that was 7-18 in the previous season and turned them into a 20-game winner, having posted a 21-5 overall record in 2010-11.
In addition to his coaching stints with Wartburg and Rockford, Nester has served as a coach for USA Athletes International on three separate trips abroad, most recently as the head coach of a squad of college women's players on a ten-day tour in Ireland in 2009. Throughout his coaching career Nester has handled all facets of running a successful program including preparing scouting reports, coordinating schedule and team travel, analyzing game video and assisting with in-game strategy.
Included below are quotes about the hiring of Aaron Nester.
"We are thrilled to welcome Aaron to the Oglethorpe athletic family. He's demonstrated the ability to not only coach winning teams but to also cultivate model student-athletes who are leaders on and off the court." -- Oglethorpe athletic director Jay Gardiner on Nester's hiring
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join what I think is a great institution in Oglethorpe University. I'd like to thank Jay and the search committee for their consideration. I really enjoyed meeting the great people on Oglethorpe's campus and look forward to guiding this proud program back to the top of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference." – Aaron Nester on accepting the position
"Oglethorpe University made a great hire in Aaron Nester. His commitment to building leaders on and off the court and his passion for the game will serve him well as he builds the program." -- Wartburg head coach Bob Amsberry on the Oglethorpe hire
"Aaron has worked extremely hard as an assistant women's basketball coach in preparation for a head job, particularly at a Division III institution. I believe Oglethorpe is getting a quality person that will do all he can to lead the program to success. I am very excited for the opportunity he has been given and believe he will accept that challenge and do a wonderful job." Wartburg associate athletic director Monica Severson on the Oglethorpe hire